Minister Verner is about to meet her own form of censorship, in the form of the PMO, heh...:) I guess we'll have to wait and see whether Angus was telegraphing that the Conservatives will actually play nicely on a piece of legislation. What a concept that would be, minority government, what the Canadian public chose, working.
Comments – caught on tape – by Conservative Senator David Angus, who chairs the Senate banking committee studying the bill, gave a strong sense that Heritage Minister Josée Verner is not pleased by the current debate.
“The government has to bite the bullet. … The minister agrees. She told me she hates the law,” the senator said, unaware that his microphone was still on.
In terms of an election, on the free speech front, of course, this is a bad issue for the Conservatives. Very bad. It might make the crazies come out in force. They like this bill. But the process provided here for the film industry reeks of censorship, an issue easily accessible to Canadians that could explode in a campaign as an offensive overreach by Conservatives. There would be a lot of respected members of the arts community who could garner a heap of publicity during a campaign. Throw in recent questionable actions on the Conservatives' part such as their efforts to muzzle officers of parliament of late, not to mention their own members of parliament, the high profile firing of Linda Keen, the vote against Elections Canada, etc. and it doesn't make for a very pretty picture.
While there will be many issues in the campaign, the Conservatives are on the wrong side of this one. I'd sure as heck take my chances on arguing the opposing side.