Liberal Reality Check Needs a Reality Check

    TORONTO, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - The National Citizens Coalition (NCC) today
responded to the Liberal Reality Check that has accused the organization of
being an extreme right wing advocacy group, by calling for a reality check of
their own.
    "It is no surprise that the Liberals are attacking us. They did the same
in the federal elections of 2004 and 2006," said NCC president Peter Coleman.
"We stand for more freedom through less government, and the Liberal party is
intimidated by that. It is the same every election, we promote an agenda of
responsible government and eventually the Liberal party decides to take a shot
at the NCC."
    The Liberal Reality Check claims that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was
both president and vice-president of the NCC between 1997 and 2001. The
Reality Check also claims that the NCC assisted Harper with his 1993 election
campaign. In reality, Harper served as vice president of the NCC in 1997 and
as president from 1998 to 2001. In 1993 the organization launched a "Defeat
Jim Hawkes" campaign that took aim at the MP's stance on election gag laws.
The campaign was not about a Harper victory, but rather about defeating Hawkes
and protecting free speech.
    "We believe in free speech, and less government. We look out for
thousands of Canadian's who believe big government does not have all the
answers," added Coleman. "We are proud of the role we have played in Canadian
politics for the past 40 years, and we are proud to continue fighting for a
government that is accountable, transparent and responsible to its taxpayers."
    Coleman concluded by saying "the Liberal accusations that the NCC has
attacked women's groups, church coalitions, and the Assembly of First Nations
are ludicrous. This is nothing more than a lame attempt at fear mongering by
the Liberal party. Perhaps it is time the "Liberal Reality" gets a reality
check itself."

    The National Citizens Coalition is Canada's largest organization that
stands for the defence and promotion of free enterprise, free speech and
government that is accountable to taxpayers. Founded in 1967, the NCC
continues to fight for more freedom through less government. For more
information about the NCC visit us on line at

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For further information: Media Contacts: Kylie-Anne Doerner,
Communications Manager, B: (416) 869-3838, C: (289) 231-7900, E:

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