Posts Tagged ‘Elizabeth May

From ban the bomb to ban the ad, the evolution of the Greens

- November 2nd, 2010

Elizabeth May is worried about what watching TV might do to you.

The Green Party and their leader have called for a ban on political ads on TV before the next election.

“Before Canadians next go to the polls, we want to propose sweeping new changes to protect our political commons,” May said in a news release.

The Greens say Canada should follow the lead of other countries like the U.K., South Africa, Brazil, Belgium, Switzerland, Chile, Sweden, and Ireland.

“The banning of political advertisements would be an important first step in the renewal of democracy in Canada. I don’t see why every party in Canada would not agree to this proposal – after all, it would be an excellent chance to speak about what really matters, policy and governance,” said Deputy Green Leader Adriane Carr.

The reason for this ban according to the Greens is to protect Canadians from the manipulations we see in the United States and stop politicians from “the character and personal foibles of the opposition,” said May.

All in favour……

Here’s an idea. While we’re banning attack ads on TV let’s also ban politicians from attacking each other period so that my ears are protected from mudslinging like this.

  • Elizabeth May said the Prime Minister’s stance on climate change “represents a grievance worse than Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of the Nazis.” London Free Press, April 30, 2007

And while we’re banning political ads, let’s help out my profession and ban all of those inane press releases parties send out like the one that sparked this rant. Sure, my came via email but each pixel has a carbon footprint.

In calling for the TV ad ban, May and her Green MPs, oh wait they don’t have any, want the TV networks to offer up free airtime for political ads “to allow candidates to explain their own views and policies.”

Because that’s exactly what Canadian political parties need are more subsidies.