Liberals announce new rules to limit government advertising
Thursday May 12, 2016 | CBC News
New measures to scrub self-serving and partisan government communications will take effect immediately, says Treasury Board President Scott Brison - but that doesn't mean the Liberals will put the brakes on federal ad spending.
The new "interim" safeguards include banning all government ads within three months of a fixed election date and barring the government from advertising policies that have not yet been passed by Parliament.
"For the very first time we are defining non-partisan communications in policy to avoid any potential confusion, misinterpretation, or abuse," Brison told a news conference Thursday, promising ads that are "objective, factual and represent a legitimate public service announcement."