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Election: Mass Immigration and Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

election: Sign up for our Election Dispatch newsletter for a daily update on the campaign, once the federal election is underway The billboards, which feature pre-election advertising with Bernier's face, the logo of his People's Party of Canada and a slogan advocating against mass immigration, started appearing in different spots across the country late last week, according to CTV. They quickly sparked an outpouring of criticism, including from Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and federal Tourism Minister Melanie Joly, for promoting anti-immigrant rhetoric. We completely disavow any sympathy with or support for the views expressed by donors who paid for and selected the content of their advertising, which we were mistakenly not afforded an opportunity to first approve, Frank Smeenk, the head of True North Strong & Free Advertising Corp., wrote in an email to The Canadian Press on Monday. On Sunday, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, which owns the billboards, said the ads would come down in response to the criticism. Earlier that day, the company had said that if anyone took issue with the content, they should contact the third-party group running them. It was never my or Pattison Outdoor's intention to offend, alienate or in any way insult the public by allowing this ad to run, president Randy Otto wrote, adding the company would review its advocacy guidelines. ( As reported in the news.