Bell believed it would suffer ‘commercial harm’ by running Faith Goldy’s election ad: documents

Bell Media is concerned it would violate laws against spreading racist messages of hate were it to run a television advertisement for Faith Goldy, a controversial far-right fringe candidate for mayor of Toronto.

The regulations that govern broadcasters in Canada prohibit content that is false or misleading, or which “tends to expose an individual or a group or class of individuals to hatred or contempt on the basis of race,” according to legal documents filed late Friday with the Ontario Superior Court in response to a lawsuit Goldy filed earlier this week.

Bell argues those rules do not give Goldy “an unqualified right to have her advertising broadcast.”