Elections Canada's attack on free speech will hobble advocacy groups - 2019-08-22
Just before 11 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, Liberal Party candidate Steven Guilbeault tweeted "This is pure madness."
The star candidate and former director of the environmental organization Équiterre continued, "Elections Canada won't let environmental groups talk about climate change because @MaximeBernier doesn't believe in it!!! Science is no longer acceptable for them it seems..."
Guilbeault was responding to a Canadian Press report saying Elections Canada had issued a warning that it could classify advocacy around climate change as partisan activity during the upcoming election. People's Party Leader Maxime Bernier doesn't believe in climate change. That was enough for Elections Canada to say they would construe a position on the issue as proxy support for one party over another.