July 13, 2024
A message from the government of Canada — shut up
If I expend resources to create and share a message casting sickly light on a politician or party in the pre-writ period I could be fined.
If I expend resources to create and share a message casting sickly light on a politician or party in the pre-writ period I could be fined.

Hey you! Shut up. Yes, you. Right now. We don’t want to hear your opinions on politics, policies or politicians.

No angry letters please. At least not to me. Because that obnoxious sentiment comes from … Canada’s politicians.

See, we’re in the “pre-election” period. Which might sound like there isn’t an election but is instead double-speak for it having started before it did. The “ins” are scurrying about handing out even more vote-buying money than usual and the “outs” are putting out even angrier press releases than usual (not about vote-buying, about them not being the ones doing it). And the “election gag law” that clears all you rubbish citizens out of the politicians’ way once the writ is dropped is already kicking in.

You can still discuss issues until the campaign starts. But not politicians. And not loudly. Before presuming to speak up, you must register, reveal details of all your donors, then stick to tight spending limits anyway.

The government may be out parading their virtue at the Global Conference for Media Freedom. But at home they’re cracking down on “hate” speech despite the principles of liberty and practical arguments against censorship. Basically if it bugs them, they’ll nail you for saying it. And come to think of it, a lot bugs them, including shooting your mouth off during an election or near one. Who do you think you are?

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