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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Elections Canada clears Friends of Science

Elections Canada has cleared the Friends of Science Society of accusations of wrongdoing during the 2006 federal election by running radio ads without registering with Elections Canada as a third-party advertiser.

Jean-Claude Bernais, the chief investigator at Elections Canada, concluded that the Friends of Science was not required to register as a third party during the campaign since the radio ads did not fall under the definition of "election advertising."

"The audio statements do not refer to the election nor do they mention any political party or candidate," wrote Moise in a separate letter from Sept. 21, 2007, to an individual who filed the initial complaint. "They do not promote or oppose a registered party, or the election of a candidate. They take the position that the public have been misled about global warming. To the extent that all of the major parties in the 2006 federal election acknowledged the problem of global warming and were taking steps to address it, though in different ways, (the Liberals, NDP, Bloc Quebecois with the Kyoto accord, and the Conservatives with a Made in Canada approach) it would be difficult to conclude that the audio statements by taking a position on global warming, were targeting one particular party or candidate or a particular party's policy."
At the University of Calgary, Professor Barry Cooper is quoted:
"It was a frivolous and vexatious compliant," Cooper said. "It was also an attempt - fortunately unsuccessful in this instance - of stifling debate."
See also the Friends of Science website.


Anonymous said...

Global warming seems to be a hot topic with value of thousands votes in these days. I am not very familiar with actual political programs, but I think only conservatives don't have some kind of aggressive green agenda. Don't misunderstand me, I am fan of green living, but I believe it should begin from the bottom - everyone of us should make some personal steps and than there would be no Kyoto needed!
Take care

A Dog Named Kyoto said...

If the conservatives had any gonads they would stand up to the climate change alarmists and put a stop to this mad march towards Kyotocide.

When Suzuki, Dion and the Goracle take some meaningful personal steps towards green living, then I will report on it. But don't hold your breath.