Televised Election Ads Captioned!

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Televised Election Ads Captioned!

May 11, 2007

OTTAWA – (May 11, 2007) The Government of Canada is in the process of reviewing Bill C-419, an enactment that would update the Canada Elections Act with the argument that all election-related advertising broadcast over Internet or television should contain closed captioning.

Bill C-419, presented by the Honourable Mike Savage (MP Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia), would add text after section 325 to state that: “no person shall transmit an election advertising message to the public by means of a television broadcast or a broadcast on what is commonly known as the Internet unless it contains closed captioning for the hearing impaired.” Section 495 of the Act would be amended to note that any breach of the closed captioning requirement would be an offence.

Deafness Advocacy Association Nova Scotia (DAANS) has lobbied for this amendment for years. Through their efforts, a similar commitment was obtained by the Nova Scotia government three years ago.

“This is an important step forward,” said Sheila Carlin,  President of the Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC), “CAD-ASC encourages all of its members to petition their Ministers of Parliament to support this Private Member’s Bill. By supporting this Bill, MPs will finally make election advertising accessible to all Canadian citizens.”

Bill C-419 received first reading in March 2007.