Monday, May 02, 2011

I don't get it

Section 329 of Canada's Elections Act prohibits the transmission of voting results until all polling stations across the country have closed.

In other words, if you're caught tweeting, blogging, or using any other form of social media to announce the results of polls to a part of the country still blacked out by law, you could be subject to a $25,000 fine.

This is simply the most ridiculous thing ever imagined and rendered totally obsolete by the invention of the telephone, never mind online resources. All I would have to do is call my family in Quebec to hear first-hand how things are going 2 hours before CBC is allowed to tell me.

So really... what is the point?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well that does keep CBC from making premature announcements that Quebec has gone to this one WAIT! that one within the same 30 minute period. Kind of like Florida. rETRO