For pure arrogance, it's hard to beat the B.C. Liberals. Last month, the Christy Clark government made its second attempt to restrict third-party election advertising before the next provincial election.
The B.C. Court of Appeal shot it down, calling it an unfair infringement on freedom of expression.
At the same time, the B.C. Liberals launched an ongoing series of TV ads extolling the virtues of the B.C. Liberals - with the taxpayers footing the bill. They would call it providing important information for the guidance of the masses, I suppose. There is another term for it, involving a barnyard fertilizer.
This from Premier Clark, who wasted more than $5 million in that ludicrous Stickman ad campaign last year as she fought to save the HST for her government and its big corporate friends against the wishes of most British Columbians.
Instead of condemning the arrogant manner of the HST imposition by disgraced premier Gordon Campbell, she just moved the arrogance up a notch.
The B.C. Liberals claimed third-party ad limits were necessary to stop interest groups such as the B.C. Teachers' Federation and the B.C. Nurses' Union from staging ad campaigns in the run-up to elections. I would rather see measures to save taxpayers from helping re-elect arrogant politicians. Canada starts here.
Tony Eberts, New Westminster