Documentary by HamiltonSeen
Directed By Cody Lanktree
Produced By Zena Hagerty and David Hinkley
On June 22, 2015, Tony’s Turner’s Harperman: A Protest Song was posted to YouTube. Two months later, he was suspended with pay pending an investigation into whether his creation of this song breached his employer’s values and ethics code.
A scientist in habitat planning at Environment Canada, Mr. Turner was co-ordinating a project mapping priority areas for migratory birds and he was a month away from retirement.
On the advice of his union, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), Tony Turner is not speaking to anyone about the investigation. On the eve of a federal election, Tony has to silence his voice in order to protect his job and his reputation.
It’s not fair. It’s not right. And it begs some questions—
Should Canada’s largest employer have the power to censor the political beliefs of its employees?
Is it right to quiet the voice of an artist?
How does the acceptance of such a policy impact all Canadians?
These three issues form the key questions that we will explore in Harperman: A Dissident Serenade.
On October 19th, Canadians go to the polls to determine their next federal government. We believe that everyone needs to understand the implications of the policy that has put Tony Turner in his current situation.
Is this the Canada we want for our future?
There are three simple steps you can take to get the truth out and make history, they are:
1. Gather information and be critical of motivations and conclusions;
2. Help us release Harperman: A Dissident Serenade on INDIEGOGO;