Kinder Morgan has had to pull its advertisements for its future Trans Mountain pipeline expansion during the federal election campaign.
This came about after Kennedy Stewart – a British Columbian New Democrat who wishes to be re-elected – complained about numerous adverts being printed within local papers.
Deeming it an unfair playing field, Stewart wrote to Canada’s Elections Commissioner stating if companies wish to promote a position on an election issue then it is required to register with Elections Canada as a third-party adviser subject to spending limits.
Though a decision has not been made yet, Stewart has been assured that the Deputy Commissioner is looking into it.
Actions taken by Kinder Morgan
A spokeswoman for the Trans Mountain expansion has stated that Elections Canada has not contacted the company. Nevertheless, the company has decided not to run advertising — in any format or community — until after the vote has finished.
However, Stewart believes it is too late for Kinder Morgan to pull its adverts; “the law says that if they’ve spent over US$500 they have to register as a third-party spender, and indeed they have. It sounds like they weren’t aware, but ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law.”
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