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Lysyk warns on government ad legislation

Thursday, July 16, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Jeff Buckstein

Revisions to Ontario’s Government Advertising Act in the recently passed budget may end up forcing taxpayers to pay for more partisan political advertising, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk warns.

The changes “took away our discretion” in the auditor general’s office “and basically are really telling us what we need to consider” in deciding if an ad is partisan, Lysyk said.

The new definition of what constitutes a partisan ad includes: the name, voice or image of an elected member of provincial parliament; identification and criticism of a...