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Should attack ads by non political parties be allowed?

illegal-signs.jpgProgressive Conservative candidates look upon them as weeds in their election garden: black attack ads stuck in the ground, right next to their own signs on city property. They're from a union-supported group called Working Families, with the message "The Numbers Just Don't Add Up. We Can't Trust Hudak And Ontario PC's.


The ads are legal under provincial law. But a municipal bylaw prohibits election advertising on city property unless it's by candidates or parties. We wondered about the pros and cons of limiting that freedom of speech in a campaign, and so for a look at that issue we were joined by Tim Abray-Nyman -- a PhD candidate at Queen's University, studying the effects of negative political advertising.



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