Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Kevin Taft hates free speech

Alberta's outgoing Liberal Party Leader, Kevin Taft, told Canadian Press reporter, Jim McDonald, that he thinks free speech in the form of citizen election advertising should be "regulated, limited or even abolished."

Apparently, the "Liber" in "Liberal" does not originate from the word "liberty"or "The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing".  Nor does it have anything to do with "Freedom from unjust or undue governmental control."

But I digress.  

The ability for individual citizens or groups of citizens to express their opinions, at all times, even during elections should be guaranteed somehow, perhaps enshrined in some sort of legal document.

Of course this all stems from the union-backed ads that ran during the last provincial election. 

Taft, rather than taking the blame himself for running a terrible campaign apparently thinks that the ads were to blame for his party's disastrous results.

Personally I think it was the $7.7-billion worth of crazy spending promises Taft made around the province during the campaign that made people shy away from voting for them.  

Regardless, hopefully the next Liberal leader will have a bit more respect for Albertans right to free speech than the current one.

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