Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Gag Law shot down in United States

Carol Goar has a piece in today's Toronto Star gushing all over Canada's election finance laws, which she says will stop the buying and selling of politicians.

What she fails to mention, however, is that these laws -- such as the election gag law -- also infringe on democratic rights and freedoms.

This is something the American judicial system seems to understand.

In fact, last month a U.S. court shot down an American election gag law, saying it infringed on the constitutional right to free speech.

You would think Goar -- a journalist who makes her living expressing opinions --- would understand the importance of free expression.

But then maybe I am asking too much.

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