O Canada, Land of Censors
The case of Mark Steyn before a Kangaroo Rights Commission has rightly gotten a good deal of attention around here, alerting us to the slow death of free speech in Canada. David Warren devotes his most recent column in the Ottawa Citizen to another of the censoring institutions north of the border, “Advertising Standards Canada,” which recently ruled “deceptive” an anti-abortion billboard campaign that told the plain unvarnished truth. Meanwhile the same body tolerates fraudulent insinuations, in an ad campaign blanketing the country, regarding domestic violence. The good news is that Advertising Standards Canada is only an unofficial “not for profit industry body,” not an arm of the state. So far anyway . . .