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Lies, half truths and political ads.

The Truth about Political Ads
(courtesy cbc.ca)
Risky Dix vs. Christy Crunch

That's just one example of an attack ad you may have seen. Some contain half truths, exaggerations or comments taken out of context. These types of ads prompted this letter from our listener Rod Powchuk.

This is why people don't vote!
As a citizen I cannot slander someone or fraudulently misrepresent myself without fear of prosecution.  Why are parties and politicians exempt from the truth? As soon as an advertisement is found to misrepresent or outright lie it should be pulled right away at the least. If action was taken in these cases not talk, maybe these liars would begin to stop!

That letter got us wondering.  So Chris Walker spoke with Max Cameron, a political scientist at UBC and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

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