Vancouver Sun - Editorial
May 2, 2012
There are so many appropriate words to describe the
provincial government’s decision to try once again to bring in an election gag
law that will stand up in court, it’s hard to know where to start. But we will
take a stab at it.
Obstinate, ill-advised, hypocritical, pointless,
anti-democratic and short-sighted, to name just a few.
This is the second time the Liberals have tried to impose
a gag law that covers the period before a campaign starts. Their earlier attempt
was struck down by the courts, as was a previous version enacted by the NDP
government in the 1990s. The last attempt failed in part because it could have
limited the ability of third parties to comment on the legislature while it was
Now the government is trying again with amendments that
aren’t even being given the profile of their own act, but are being slipped
through as part of a housekeeping bill that deals with half a dozen other issues
at the same time.
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