Thirdparty buys billboard to promote Berniers antimass immigration stance

first_imgOTTAWA — A billboard with Maxime Bernier’s face and a slogan advocating against mass immigration has appeared in Halifax.The ad prompts people to vote for the People’s Party of Canada and reads “Say NO to Mass Immigration.”A third-party advertising group, True North Strong & Free Advertising Corp., paid for the billboard.The organization is run by Frank Smeenk, the chief executive of a mining exploration company based in Toronto.The group filed interim financial returns with Elections Canada that show it spent $59,890 on billboards in “select cities in Canada” and received $60,000 from Bassett & Walker International Inc., a company that specializes in the international trade of protein products.Earlier this week, Smeenk declined to comment on the billboard beyond what appeared in the Elections Canada filing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more