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article imageNo political ads before an election? Ontario NDP wants controls

By Andrew Moran     Aug 19, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Andrea Horwath's Ontario New Democratic Party wants to ban political advertisements that air before an election. Horwath says voters are tired of special interest groups manipulating the political process.
Last week, the Ontario New Democratic Party launched a website called Stop The Smears, which intends to counter misleading attack ads towards political opponents.
In a news release, the Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she was the victim of incorrect political ads, such as being accused of owning 20 SUVs and will raise taxes on households if elected.
“Andrea Horwath is putting forward a positive plan for affordable change and that scares our opponents,” said NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo. “This website will tackle the smears and start getting the facts out to Ontario families.”
“People tell us they’re tired of the negative ads and the whisper campaigns,” added DiNovo, who is facing competition from High-Park Liberal candidate Cortney Pasternak. “We’re going to campaign on the issues that matter to people."
On Friday, Horwarth said the New Democrats want to ban political advertisements before an election and wants stricter regulations on ads. The Hamilton Centre MPP urged leaders to take responsibility for third-party attack ads.
Horwath further explained during her speech at the Rotary Club in Toronto that voters are sick and tired of special interest groups attempting to manipulate the electorate with misleading ads. Instead, voters want to listen to each party’s proposals without any negative political spin.
At the end of each political advertisement, Horwath wants each ad to end like ones in the United States do, “I’m so-and-so, and I approve this message.”
According to TVO’s Steve Paikin’s Twitter, he asked how Horwath could ban legal speech prior to an election when we have a charter of rights. The Ontario NDP Leader did not answer the question.
With the Ontario general election less than two months away, Horwath is pushing for three televised debates that focus on four issues; economy, energy, healthcare and jobs.
Ontario voters head to the polls on Oct. 6.
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