It looks like the National Citizens Coalition is getting some allies in its fight against the election black out law.
Sun Media is joining an application to suspend those sections of the Canada Elections Act which make it illegal to post real time elections results on a website.
Jose Leal, general manager of Canoe, says the goal of the application is “to be able to release online information relative to the (Ontario) audience without waiting for the polls to close in Vancouver.”
Right now, such a posting would be a criminal offence. Indeed, under Section 329 of the Canada Elections Act, it’s illegal to transmit any election information from a part of the country where the polls are closed to a part of the country where the polls are still open.
Besides Sun Media, the CBC, CTV, CHUM and Canadian Press also oppose Section 329.
It’s good to see the media getting involved in this case. After all, they are the ones who are being censored on election night.
The NCC has been battling the black out law ever since we offered to help Paul Bryan who launched a legal challenge to Section 329 back in 2000.
Paul believes this law is an infringement on his right to free expression and we agree.
His challenge is going before the Supreme Court of Canada sometime later this year.