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Thursday, May 29, 2008
Register your discontent with B.C.’s Bill 42
A group of British Columbia unions headed by the BC Federation of Labour have a simple and sleek website called “Just Shut Up BC” which makes it very easy for you to voice your opposition to the new election gag law Bill 42.
In less than two minutes you can send a pre-written or personal message to Attorney-General Wally Oppal, Premier Gordon Campbell, Leader of the Opposition Carole James and your MLA asking them to withdraw Bill 42 here.
Public outcry already led the Liberals to shorten the gag period on third-party spending before elections in their May 27th amendments, but the essence of the bill and its attack on free speech remain unchanged. Amending the bill to soften it is not sufficient, the entire thing must be scrapped.
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Oppose the bill? Sure. Join with the BC Fed? Not just no, but hell no.
In any case, the solution isn't to withdraw the bill altogether. Labour unions shouldn't be able to spend millions of extorted dollars on attack ads.
Instead, amend it to ban unions from using their member's money for political purposes without written consent.
Posted by: Adam Yoshida | 2008-05-29 7:39:42 PM
Yeah. Joining forces with the unions doesn't sit well with me either. But rather than banning unions from advertising, perhaps a better solution is to put an end to force unionism. I guess that's unrealistic.
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-05-29 10:53:45 PM
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