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On the day the Supreme Court ruled incorrectly by failing to completely strike down hate speech laws, I think that there is a form of speech that should be illegal nationwide: partisan government advertisements. Is it just me or is there really a whole spree of them going on right now? I’ve seen ones from both the federal government (it’s action plan, etc) and from the provincial government (especially the one with the cell phone dominoes). Now, these ads aren’t technically partisan, as they aren’t explicitly promoting any political party. But, still, if you read between the lines, you’ll see that they intend to show you how the government (the party currently in power) is doing X (low taxes, action plan) to help you. Hence, since these are supposed to remind you of what the current party in power is doing, they are still partisan, even if not explicitly so.

Partisan government ads are nothing more than legal propaganda. They should be banned, for all levels of government.

Any problems arising from people not being informed of necessary government functions (which advertising is in part supposed to deal with) can be handled by requiring the official opposition to agree to those advertising expenditures as well. This way, partisanship is avoided.

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Comments on: "Some speech that should be banned" (2)

  1. I sympathise with your sentiment but not with the practicality. As soon as you go down the censorship route, you have to choose an arbiter. Who could you trust?

    • I’m not sure where you’re coming from. This is the government censoring itself (by being prevented from using public money for partisan advertising).

      In case my first sentence wasn’t clear, I was opposed to the SCOC ruling, because I thought the entire hate speech law should have been struck down.

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