In 2001, as president of the National Citizen’s Coalition, Stephen Harper wrote a fundraising letter about Paul Bryan who was being sued by Elections Canada for posting early voting results.
In that letter, Stephen Harper said:
“The jackasses at Elections Canada are out of control.... What was Paul’s crime? He simply posted news on his personal website. And no, it wasn’t part of a criminal conspiracy, or luring children toward violent pornography. It was actually something government officials seem to believe is a lot more dangerous – information. In fact, this is the first attempt by our government to control the Internet and press charges – just for the sake of controlling information. The implications are very ominous, very scary.”
The Conservatives said they wanted to change Ottawa, instead Ottawa changed them.