Tories 'reviewing' campaign pledge to tighten ad rules - 2019-05-15
The Progressive Conservatives have no immediate plans to bolster government advertising rules despite mounting opposition to Premier Doug Ford's taxpayer-funded ads attacking federal carbon pricing. "We're reviewing it ... but right now we're focused on priorities such as the increased investment in health care and education," Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy said Wednesday.
"There's a lot to review. We're busy," said Bethlenfalvy. "We're committed to making the public aware," he said, referring to Ford's controversial 30-second spot unveiled Monday that targets Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's carbon scheme. The commercial, which is in heavy rotation as part of a $30-million PC blitz, shows nickels pouring out of a gas pump nozzle, heating vents and supermarket shelves to illustrate how the levy will affect fuel and food prices.
Before their election last June, the Tories promised to strengthen the Government Advertising Act — which had been watered down in 2015 by the previous Liberal administration — to return veto power to the auditor general over ads deemed partisan.