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Anti-immigration ads an exercise in how candidates evade accountability - 2019-09-03

F99.png Anti-immigration ads an exercise in how candidates evade accountability September 3, 2019, Caroline Orr, National Observer

Now-removed billboards featuring a photo of People's Party of Canada (PPC) Leader Maxime Bernier told voters to "Say NO to mass immigration."

The recent controversy surrounding this series of ads promoting the PPC's anti-immigrant agenda highlights the potentially problematic role of third parties in election campaigns, both as vehicles for outside influence and as shields that help candidates evade accountability in the face of public criticism.

The billboards, which appeared in several Canadian cities, were met with swift backlash. Social media lit up with condemnation of the anti-immigrant messaging. And soon afterward, an online petition warned that the billboards reflected "Trump's brand of hateful politics" creeping into Canada's election campaign.

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{{cite news | first = Caroline | last = Orr | title = Anti-immigration ads an exercise in how candidates evade accountability | url = https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/09/03/news/anti-immigration-ads-exercise-how-candidates-evade-accountability | work = National Observer | date = September 3, 2019 | accessdate = September 6, 2019 }}