Ahead of Canada's federal election, a new wrench has just been thrown into the gears. Elections Canada said climate change can't be discussed by groups in advertisements before the election as it would be deemed partisan political speech. This is due to the fact that fringe candidate Maxime Bernier said he doesn't believe in climate change and made it part of his platform.\nElections Canada has a rule that any organization that creates ads about a political issue costing more than $500 must register as a third party. For charitable organizations, that could mean losing tax-exempt status with Revenue Canada.\nAgain, this decision to silence environmental groups who advocate for reform to fight climate change was made because a candidate in the federal election says things like this:\nLibs can only sell their carbon tax if they lie. Lie #1: You’ll get back more money. Lie #2: It’s a price on “pollution.”CO2 is NOT pollution. It’s what comes out of your mouth when you breathe and what nourishes plants. https://t.co/4O9Q1lA08O— Maxime Bernier (@MaximeBernier) October 24, 2018\nSo now, any group that advertises about climate change before the election can be argued to be advocating against Bernier and therefore making a political statement.\nElections Canada has already started catching quite a bit of heat for this decision, despite the fact that it is based on a rule they already had in place.\n@ElectionsCan_E Climate change is NOT a partisan topic. It is a scientific fact, and treating as anything less is doing a disservice to literally every being on the planet. Get your shit together.#ElectionsCanada— Mike Brown (@mikebrownto) August 19, 2019\nIf one irrational candidate declares they don't 'believe' science, every other candidate who rationally believes science is considered partisan? Never heard that used in any single other instance than #climatechange. #ElectionsCanada— MyOneGreyEye (@The12thWaif) August 19, 2019\nJust as a reminder. Climate change is real. Carbon dioxide is the main driver. And yes, it is an emergency. Scientific facts and scientific consensus are not partisan @ElectionsCan_E #ElectionsCanada #cdnpoli— Sasha Caldera (@scaldron) August 19, 2019\nThe issue being pointed out here is that Elections Canada has conflated a worldwide issue that is based on scientific fact with a political issue. While climate change can definitely be considered a political issue, it goes beyond that.\nCanadians are already taking action against this decision, with one Reddit user providing a link to others where they can register formal complaints with Elections Canada. So far, several other users claim to have sent in letters criticizing the move.\nComment from discussion Elections Canada warns environmental groups against saying climate change is real.\nThe problem people have pointed out is that once a candidate talks about something, it becomes political. That means anything can be partisan according to this rule. After all, the Rhinoceros Party, a satirical political party, once ran on the platform to nationalize Tim Hortons. Would that have meant that talking about Tim Hortons was partisan speech?\nNo matter what the outcome is, Canadians are not happy with this decision. Plenty of them see it as a slippery slope that could affect future elections.\nDisclaimer: Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.