The government’s signature elections bill brought in new restraints on third-party advertising before elections, but there is still plenty of room for unions and other big spenders to advertise before the next federal vote.
Unifor National president Jerry Dias, pictured during a convention in Ottawa in 2016, was in charge of a political ad campaign costing nearly $2-million before the last federal election, and has pledged to run another campaign before this year's federal election as well. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
New limits on pre-election political advertising are unlikely to force a change of approach from Canada’s unions and other high-spending advertisers from the last election, say executives and spokespeople for some of those groups.
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