Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Adscam

In an email exchange (behind registration wall) with The Globe and Mail, Liberal spokesman Ken Polk stated that the now infamous "Soldiers with guns" ad
was inadvertently posted... then he sent another e-mail, saying: "The ad has not been aired. It may still."
A few minutes later in another e-mail, he said: "The ad will not air in its present form and was never intended to."


A CTV report by Lisa Laflamme indicates that in a period of a few hours, Ujjal Dosanjh defended all 12 ads and said Paul Martin had approved them, Paul Martin stated that all parties pull already-released ads that they never intended to play, and John Duffy said that "it cannot be called a Liberal ad" and insinuated that journalists should not even be discussing it.

Section 320 of the Canada Elections Act refers to a party ad as an ad which mentions that it was authorized by the official agent of the party. This "pulled/never-released/Martin-approved" Liberal ad clearly meets the criteria.

Regardless of whether the English ad was released on TV (a French version is still running on Quebec TV), it was given to the media and uploaded on the Liberal website.
The Liberals refuse to accept that the internet is a widely-used public medium. If something is on the internet, it has been released. Now the ad is getting constant replay on Newsnet and Newsworld, including the screen showing that it was authorized by the official agent for the Liberal Party.

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