Stop Partisan Government Ads

April 6, 2017

Petition

To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

 

WHEREAS   since 2006, the Auditor General of Ontario had been responsible for reviewing all government advertising to ensure it was not partisan; and

 

WHEREAS   in 2015, the government watered down the legislation, removing the ability of the Auditor General to reject partisan ads and essentially making the Auditor General a rubber stamp; and

 

WHEREAS   the government has spent over $80 million in just two years on extremely partisan advertising, including promoting the ORPP and the latest hydro plan; and

 

WHEREAS   the government did not feel the need to advertise to inform the people of Ontario of any of the many hydro rate increases; and

 

WHEREAS   history shows that the governments have increased ad spending in the year preceding a general election; and

 

WHEREAS   these scarce taxpayers resources could be better spent to reverse cuts to important health and social services;

 

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, PETITION

THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO AS FOLLOWS:

 

To immediately reinstate the Auditor General’s authority to review all government advertising for partisan messages before the ads run.

 

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