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BC’S ELECTION GAG LAW
January 13th, 2011 11:10am
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POORLY DESIGNED THIRD PARTY ADVERTISING RULES CHILLED
BC ELECTION DEBATE, REDUCED VOTER ACCESS TO INFORMATION: STUDY

A new study has found that BC’s third party advertising rules caused
extensive problems for “small spenders” such as non-profits and charities
during the 2009 provincial election. The rules – brought in through the
controversial Bill 42 in 2008 – led to widespread confusion, wasted resources,
anxiety and self-censorship among organizations that spent little or nothing
at all on election advertising.

The study was released in October 2010 by the Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives, BC’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Association and the
BC Civil Liberties Association.

"When the provincial government introduced these new rules, its rationale
was to limit election advertising by ‘big spenders’," said Shannon Daub, lead
author of the study. "But major flaws in the legislation mean that in practice,
the rules extensively regulated small spenders and cast a chill on the
democratic process."

The study examined the experiences of 60 charities, non-profits, coalitions,
labour unions and citizens’groups – most of which have annual budgets
under $500,000.

MORE ON THE STUDY: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/sshhh-its-election


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