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Bill limiting election ads hinges on premier

The Liberals made another attempt at revamping third-party politicaladvertising yesterday, but it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.

The Liberals made another attempt at revamping third-party political advertising yesterday, but it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.

As he did last fall, Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil introduced a bill that would limit private individuals or groups from advertising during an election campaign.

Groups would have to register and be limited to $3,500 per district or $25,000 of advertising overall. Those funds would be put towards total allowable party expenses.

The bill has no chance of being passed unless Darrell Dexter has a change of heart. The premier said yesterday he doesn’t believe McNeil’s bill would be legal under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“They’ve introduced that one before. I think it’s just problematic because it has in it things which I just don’t think we’re capable of controlling,” said Dexter.

 
 
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