Typically when my group, the National Citizens Coalition, takes on a court challenge it’s a lonely affair.
We don’t usually get a lot of help.
For instance, when we legally challenged the election gag law, the only organization to intervene to support our position was Environment Voters, a small environmental organization.
But things are different with our latest court challenge which pits us against the election blackout law.
This is the case where computer software developer Paul Bryan, with our financial support, is challenging the section of the Canada Elections Act, which makes it a crime to “prematurely” release poll results on election night.
Paul thinks the blackout law infringes on his right to free expression and we agree.
You can learn more about this historic case here and here. The case is scheduled to go before the Supreme Court of Canada on October 16th.
Anyway, the good news is that the CBC, CTV, Rogers Broadcasting, Sun Media and Canadian Press have all intervened to support Bryan’s position that the blackout law is unconstitutional.
Plus the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association are seeking intervener status to also support Paul’s position.
This is all great.
But I have one question: where were all you guys when we needed your help to fight the election gag law?!!