A limit on negative ads?
There's an old joke about dogs -- I won't repeat it here -- and the punchline is: Because they can.
Apparently the Liberals have decided that this is also the reason that Conservatives have launched negative-ad campaigns in the recent and not-so-recent past. Because they can. While election campaigns are governed by strict limits on ad spending, there are no such limits on advertisements launched in between elections. Conceivably, the Tories could spend millions and millions of dollars if they wanted.
So this afternoon in the Senate, Liberals have put forward a bill that is designed to make Conservatives think twice about those between-election ads. Put simply, if those ads are unleashed within three months of an election, they would count under the strict limits of election campaigns.
Here's the clause-by-clause explanation of what the Liberals are proposing to change in the Canada Elections Act. Download ELECTIONADSLAW
Given that it was introduced in the Senate, by an opposition party, its chances of becoming law are remote, by the way.