UCP attempt to remove dissenting comments from Facebook could have future consequences, expert says - 2019-11-11
EDMONTON—The United Conservative Party is backpedaling after a number of Albertans said they were blocked from making critical comments about the Fair Deal Panel during Jason Kenney's Facebook live stream announcement.
During Saturday's online live video stream, people voicing concerns over the objectives of the United Conservative Party's panel — which include considering withdrawing from the Canadian Pension Plan and creating a provincial police force to replace the RCMP — found their comments removed.
The UCP government said in a statement on Monday that the blocking of comments should not have happened, but did not respond to follow up questions asking why it happened in the first place. While the UCP said in the statement that they had restored all of the wrongfully blocked comments, an expert believes if the party continues to silence dissent, it could cost them votes.