When Canada's Prime Minister drowns in what appears to be a boating accident, his son takes office and is drawn into a deceptive world of power and corruption.




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Series cast summary:
Callum Keith Rennie ...  Don Pritchard / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Michael Murphy ...  U.S. Ambassador Conrad 2 episodes, 2004
Barry Flatman ...  Cam Ritchie 2 episodes, 2004
Louise Portal ...  Marie Lavigne 2 episodes, 2004
Philip Akin Philip Akin ...  U.S. President Monroe 2 episodes, 2004
Peter MacNeill ...  Police Chief 2 episodes, 2004
Jeff Pustil Jeff Pustil ...  Deever 2 episodes, 2004
Tantoo Cardinal ...  Grand Chief Katie Blackfire 2 episodes, 2004
Diego Matamoros Diego Matamoros ...  Doug McKay 2 episodes, 2004
Jeff Seymour ...  Nate Morgan 2 episodes, 2004
Nancy Palk ...  Deirdre Milnes 2 episodes, 2004
Allan Hawco ...  Christy Berger 2 episodes, 2004
Jeff Clarke ...  Jim, McLaughlin's aide 2 episodes, 2004
Kedar Brown ...  McLaughlin's aide 2 episodes, 2004
David Boutin ...  Det. Michel Duguay 2 episodes, 2004
Yves Jacques ...  Québec Premier Marcel Coté 2 episodes, 2004
Gordon Pinsent ...  Michael Cameron 2 episodes, 2004
Kenneth Welsh ...  Randall Spear 2 episodes, 2004
Karen Robinson ...  Willy 2 episodes, 2004
Denis Akiyama ...  Kazio Izumi 2 episodes, 2004
Robert Carter Robert Carter ...  Gerhard Oehme 2 episodes, 2004
Gary Krawford Gary Krawford ...  Paul Frommer 2 episodes, 2004
Boyd Banks ...  Ehrlich 2 episodes, 2004
Dean McDermott ...  Clark 2 episodes, 2004
John Stoneham Sr. ...  Teddy Jackman 2 episodes, 2004
Hrant Alianak ...  Dr. Rafsamjhanni 2 episodes, 2004
Woody Sidarous Woody Sidarous ...  Shakir Mahoud 2 episodes, 2004
Karl Claude Karl Claude ...  Mountie 2 episodes, 2004
Noel Habel Noel Habel ...  Warrior #1 2 episodes, 2004
Lawrence Cook Lawrence Cook ...  Warrior #2 2 episodes, 2004
Paul Rainville Paul Rainville ...  Wilson 2 episodes, 2004
Doug McGrath ...  Barkeep 2 episodes, 2004
Pierre Brault Pierre Brault ...  Chief Inspector Simond 2 episodes, 2004
Steve Dylan ...  CSIS Agent 2 episodes, 2004
Jeff Lawson Jeff Lawson ...  Male Prostitute 2 episodes, 2004
Paul Miller Paul Miller ...  Charles Hamori 2 episodes, 2004
Karen Woolridge Karen Woolridge ...  Margaret Wentworth 2 episodes, 2004
Katherine Trowell ...  Loretta Gorski 2 episodes, 2004
Michael O'Reilly Michael O'Reilly ...  Ontario Premier Weaver 2 episodes, 2004
Christine Sahely ...  Zaynab Nuzaybeh 2 episodes, 2004
J.C. Kenny J.C. Kenny ...  Brenda Fletcher 2 episodes, 2004
Jamie Douglas Jamie Douglas ...  Derk 2 episodes, 2004
Mike Giunta Mike Giunta ...  Keith Rasheen 2 episodes, 2004
G. Wallace Pidgeon G. Wallace Pidgeon ...  Speaker of the House 2 episodes, 2004
Elizabeth Paddon Elizabeth Paddon ...  Abbie Klein 2 episodes, 2004
Pierre LeBlanc Pierre LeBlanc ...  Etienne Leclerc 2 episodes, 2004
Todd Duckworth Todd Duckworth ...  Master of the Universe 2 episodes, 2004
Patricia Marshall Patricia Marshall ...  Hillary Standish 2 episodes, 2004
Norman Mikeal Berketa Norman Mikeal Berketa ...  Elliot Cressman 2 episodes, 2004
Jonquil Garrick Jonquil Garrick ...  Laura Jackman 2 episodes, 2004
Malcolm Xerxes ...  Producer 2 episodes, 2004
Derek Keurvorst Derek Keurvorst ...  Jeffrey Kingman 2 episodes, 2004
Krista Jackson Krista Jackson ...  Teleprompter Typist 2 episodes, 2004
Ray Kahnert ...  Anthony Simpson 2 episodes, 2004
Lorraine Ansell Lorraine Ansell ...  Québec Reporter 2 episodes, 2004
Jeff Mauler Jeff Mauler ...  Reporter #4 2 episodes, 2004
Jim McNabb Jim McNabb ...  Chief of Staff 2 episodes, 2004
Markus Parilo Markus Parilo ...  Harris 2 episodes, 2004
Brian Bannan Brian Bannan ...  Officer #3 2 episodes, 2004
Caroline Redekopp ...  Reporter #2 2 episodes, 2004
Sally Clelford ...  Reporter #3 2 episodes, 2004
John Muggleton John Muggleton ...  Soldier 2 episodes, 2004
Douglas Kidd ...  Mark Girard 2 episodes, 2004
Denis De Laviolette Denis De Laviolette ...  Party President 2 episodes, 2004
Kate Hurman Kate Hurman ...  Albright 2 episodes, 2004
Stephen Arbuckle ...  Maritime teenager 2 episodes, 2004
Teresa Kruze Teresa Kruze ...  Anchorwoman 2 episodes, 2004
Meghanne Kessels ...  Daisy 2 episodes, 2004
Tommie-Amber Pirie ...  Sally 2 episodes, 2004
Julian Reed Julian Reed ...  B.C. Premier Daniel Lambert 2 episodes, 2004
Patrick Fry Patrick Fry ...  Patron 2 episodes, 2004
Kel Parsons ...  Tour Guide 2 episodes, 2004
Craig Gauthier Craig Gauthier ...  RCMP Officer 2 episodes, 2004
Kyla Harper Kyla Harper 2 episodes, 2004
Maddy Lewis ...  Merchant 2 episodes, 2004
Steve Sauve Steve Sauve ...  R.C.M.P Officer Higgins 2 episodes, 2004
Christina Sauvé ...  Photographer 2 episodes, 2004
Andy Sparks ...  Parliamentarian 2 episodes, 2004
Belinda Stronach Belinda Stronach ...  Reporter 2 episodes, 2004
Nicholas Campbell ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Kelly J. Compeau Kelly J. Compeau ...  Funeral mourner 2 episodes, 2004
Anthony Furey Anthony Furey ...  House of Commons page 2 episodes, 2004
Paul Gross ...  Thomas David McLaughlin 2 episodes, 2004
Stephanie Halin Stephanie Halin ...  Journalist 2 episodes, 2004
Martha Henry Martha Henry ...  Julia McLaughlin 2 episodes, 2004
Leslie Hope ...  Sgt. Leah Collins 2 episodes, 2004
Creag Hutton Creag Hutton ...  RCMP Constable 2 episodes, 2004
Sri Kanagarajah Sri Kanagarajah ...  New Canadian 2 episodes, 2004


The Country is in a spin when the prime minister drowns, Canada is thrown into a national crisis. His son, Tom McLaughlin takes over the realm promises to bring much needed leadership to the country. All the while lurking behind this chaos, a conspiracy of international proportions threatens the existence of Canada itself. Where action will speak louder than words. Written by Steve Richards

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A dead Prime Minister. A country in turmoil. A battle for Canada's most precious resource...


Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

2004 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Diafthora exousias See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Box Office


CAD 8,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Whizbang Films See more »
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the Fort Rupert Royal Canadian Legion hall, the barkeep is wearing a ball cap. Legion protocol strictly forbids the wearing of hats within the building. See more »


Thomas David McLaughlin: I'm the Prime Minister of Canada! You're just businessmen!
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Followed by The Trojan Horse (2008) See more »

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Not bad, it's fiction remember
13 April 2005 | by kdfSee all my reviews

Paul Gross stars in this self-styled Canadian political thriller which aired on CBC over the past few nights. The two-part series originally aired last fall but I forgot to catch it, and heard little in its aftermath. It's a rare thing - a Canadian political thriller... I'd describe it as vaguely similar to House of Cards (the exceptional 1990 British political black comedy), with hints of the ridiculousness of Canadian Bacon and even X-Files.

Upon the death of his father, the Prime Minister in a suspicious canoeing accident, Tom McLaughlin-- a seemingly decent chap-- outwits rival and unlikeable snorer Marc Lavigne (right away, that name stuck out as bit too much like mass-murderer Marc Lepine) to become Canada's new PM. Backed by a media baron-- part of a trio of corporate bigwigs with mischievous smiles-- McLaughlin rides a wave of popularity to start hatching a subversive scheme. It becomes apparent McLaughlin is about to sell Canada down the river by exporting water through a far-fetched (or is it?) water pipeline from Northern Quebec. It's necessary, he claims, or else the increasingly parched United States will end up taking it anyway. But it turns out McLaughlin has a gun to his head, and is a mere puppet for a pseudo-Bilderberg all-powerful group of old men who control the world.

Strangely this group seems to only have the resources for one secret agent: the elusive Daniel Holt, who is everywhere and nowhere. He knocks off cops who get too close to the truth, wiretaps the Solicitor General (Lavigne), tortures wrongfully imprisoned muslims, and recruits Cree youth in Northern Quebec for devious plots.

Meanwhile, the head good cop Sgt. Leah Collins, played by Leslie Hope, is busy figuring out who Holt is and trying to establish what really happened to McLaughlin Senior during his canoeing trip 'accident'. Mild flirtations with PM Tom McLaughlin and finally a pact with Lavigne bring her closer to the truth.

The opinions we form of the various characters are in a state of flux; with the burning question being: If your neighbour were thirsty would you not give them a glass of water? It would be nicer if the plot had a smoother flow - more a Saint Lawrence than Hell's Gate. But the film editing, sound and cinematography are luscious. Night time fly-by shots of Parliament Hill are interspersed with evil looking Gargoyles and the Rideau Canal.

Gross by far steals the show, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the heck he's going to turn into John Diefenbaker in the upcoming Tommy Douglas Story.

The conclusion is unsatisfying, but it's hard to say what would have been a happy ending. It's almost as if the inevitable, the unavoidable, the manifest destiny took hold. All in all, any political nut would find this at least mildly amusing. Somehow though even with the explosions, blackouts and murders this film doesn't rate with the 2002 mini-series Trudeau.

Someone mentioned that McLaughlin could not have possibly become Prime Minister in such a short thing. Well, actually one doesn't have to even be elected to be Prime Minister, legally (remember John Turner, briefly 1984). And this movie does take place over a period of many many months. This is fiction, folks, and it's not bad. It's by no means a great film, but it's entertaining.

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