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Political parties blocking freedom of expression and thoughtful public discourse

By Steven Fletcher      

Rather than allow backbench MPs or future candidates to express ideas that poll one standard deviation off the mean, the political parties are crushing anyone with an original thought.

We now have the Conservative Party of Canada, led by Andrew Scheer, blocking a candidate in southern Ontario from running under the CPC banner. Why? Perhaps because he is a professor with ideas that may be outside the mainstream media narrative which still has the (decaying) power to define the scope of debate, writes Steven Fletcher.

WINNIPEG—It seems that the traditional parties federally and even provincially are blocking freedom of expression and thoughtful public discourse.

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