Monday, April 21, 2008

Conservatives not claiming freedom of speech in their suit against Elections Canada

As you listen to Pierre Poilievre and other conservatives like David Frum tell you that the in-and-out transfers of national Conservative money to local candidates were grounded in the principles of free speech, keep this in mind:
In documents filed in Federal Court, where the Tories have mounted a case against the Chief Electoral Officer, the freedom of speech argument is not mentioned.

Rather, the party insists that advertising claimed by local candidates benefited those candidates, and all was done in accordance with federal statutes.
The free speech argument is all for public consumption to make it seem like they have a stirring constitutional argument in play. It's not.