Darren Barefoot reports that Elections BC has decided that blogs are simply campaign advertising:
“Under the Election Act, it will fall within the definition of election advertising, and we would ask them to register,” says Jennifer Miller, of Elections B.C.
Miller says the volume of sites is overwhelming, and doesn’t rule out asking for a change to the Election Act. “If we feel certain parts of the act can be amended to make it more effective and efficient, we will definitely make that recommendation,” she says.
I tend to agree with Darren – “Where does editorial become advertorial?” I think the decision to require blogs to be registered as advertising is unwise. Who’s to say that a newspaper editorial is not actually advertising in disguise? I hope this doesn’t set any sort of precedent.
Read: Darren Barefoot