Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Gag law loosened in US

Canada's lawmakers should take note of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling yesterday, which struck a blow for free political expression.

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court loosened restrictions on a gag law that denied Americans the right to free speech.

The U.S. Court ruled a law aimed at preventing the airing of issue ads that cast candidates in positive or negative lights was unconstitutional, saying it unreasonably limited speech and violated First Amendment rights.

Of course, here in Canada we have a similar gag on the books, which our Supreme Court upheld in 2004.

Maybe the Harper government should do what our court won’t do. He should scrap Canada's election gag law.

Why should Americans enjoy a freedom that's denied to Canadians?

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