It looks like my friends over at Blogging Tories are a threat to democracy.
Or so say a couple of ex-Tories who have launched a complaint with Elections Canada, claiming the site infringes on the infamous election gag law.
“They’re using a third-party agency to get elected,” fumes Eugene Parks, one of the complainers.
Is this the kind of society we are evolving into? Do people really think it should be illegal to express opinions on a website?
It’s unlikely of course anything will come from this ridiculous complaint.
The election gag law, after all, is designed to prevent people from “buying” elections. It is only triggered when there are election advertising expenditures above a certain limit.
Anything posted on the Internet is outside of its draconian reach --- for now.
Should the Liberals win this election, however, watch for the gag law to be expanded to include internet communications.
That’s why the Supreme Court’s ruling to approve the gag law was so dangerous. Once you accept the notion that election speech can be curtailed you start down a scary road.
Who knows where we will end up?