Here's a great video response:
and a very embarrassing written response from The Canadian Code of Advertising Standards to the issue discussed here: COMPLAIN against the H8!!! my blog post from Thursday, September 29, 2011.
This letter from "ASC" clearly illustrates that Charles McVety's LOOPHOLE for H8 is none other than Tim Hudak and the Progressive Conservative Party.
Re: Our Case #16894 ‐ Institute for Canadian Values – “Don’t Confuse Me” – Newspaper Advertisements
Advertising Standards Canada (“ASC”), the national advertising industry self‐regulatory body, has received a number of complaints about the advertising noted above.
When ASC receives consumers’ complaints about advertising, they are reviewed against the provisions of the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards (“Code”), the principal instrument of advertising self‐regulation in Canada. The Code is available at ASC’s website (www.adstandards.com).
The consumers’ complaints appeared to raise an issue under Clause 14 (Unacceptable Depictions and Portrayals) of the Code. However, on October 3, 2011, it was brought to ASC’s attention that the core issues in the newspaper advertisements by the Institute for Canadian Values that were recently published in the National Post and the Toronto Sun appear to have been taken‐up and adopted in flyer advertising to various ridings in the Greater Toronto Area by some Ontario Progressive Conservative Party candidates.
These PC flyers clearly qualify as “Political Advertising” which, in the Code, is defined as “advertising (that appears) at any time regarding a political figure, a political party, a political or government policy or issue, or an electoral candidate.”
If the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party had not advertised as it did in its flyers, ASC would, by following the Consumer Complaints Procedure under the Code, schedule these complaints for a hearing by Council. The subject of this Political Advertising by the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, however, intermingles the very fundamental issues that concern those who complained about the advertising by the Institute of Canadian Values.
Regardless of the sequence in which these advertisements appeared, ASC has no authority to apply the Code to matters, such as Political Advertising, or the inextricably related advertising by the Institute of Canadian Values that appears to have inspired the Political Advertising.
For these reasons, ASC must now decline to proceed further and will close its file on this matter. Yours sincerely,
Janet Feasby Vice President, Standards
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