Justice Centre applies to intervene on behalf of Charter freedoms against Alberta election gag law

The Justice Centre has filed an application to intervene in the case of Rebel News Network v. Election Commissioner of Alberta, to argue for freedom of expression.

Rebel News Network Ltd. (Rebel Media) is a national online and video-based media company that reports current events and provides commentary on newsworthy topics.  In 2018, Rebel Media displayed a billboard on the side of Highway 2 between Calgary and Red Deer, which featured Alberta’s Minister of Education, David Eggen, Premier Rachel Notley, and the website “www.FireEggen.ca.” The billboard ad stated: “40% of Grade 9 Students Failed Provincial Exams – Alberta can do Better than David Eggen.”

On January 14, 2019, Alberta’s Election Commissioner, Lorne R. Gibson, wrote to The Rebel Media stating that it had violated Alberta’s Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act by engaging in “political advertising” without first registering as a third party advertiser with Elections Alberta.  

Full article: https://www.jccf.ca/justice-centre-applies-to-intervene-on-behalf-of-charter-freedoms-against-alberta-election-gag-law/