Broadcasting lies about Mulcair’s support for carbon tax

Canada’s Tories are clearly lying about Mulcair’s support for a carbon tax. But, Charlie Smith says Canada’s broadcasters and regulators are derelict in responding:

Mulcair has never supported a carbon tax, much to the chagrin of some environmentalists. …the Conservatives are lying when they say Mulcair backs a carbon tax.

But the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, which is a private-sector-run subcontractor to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission [CRTC], does nothing to stop these lies from repeatedly going out over the airwaves.

And that’s undermining Canadian democracy.

Another self-regulatory body, Advertising Standards Canada, also hasn’t done anything about the carbon-tax ad, even though its code says that ads “must not contain inaccurate, deceptive or otherwise misleading claims”.

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