Election Results to be Provided Online Despite Election Gag Law

October 27, 2000 - Paul Bryan, Canadian Citizen and resident of Burnaby,
British Columbia has announced today that he will provide real-time
election results nationwide on election day, despite the current gag law
designed to muzzle free speech and limit the information available to

The site, located at will allow users to view
up-to-the minute results during the election. The site also allows users
to subscribe to a notification service, so that they can receive instant
updates via email, pager or cell phone when results begin pouring in.

Bryan is an Internet software developer, and naturally takes free speech
rights very seriously. "The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is intended
to protect our right to freedom of speech and the right to make a free
and informed vote," says Bryan. "That means they're protected even when
it's inconvenient for politicians."

Bryan believes it is unreasonable for the government to limit access to
this information in some parts of the country, but not others. "If
federal election results are available somewhere in Canada, I will make
them available to anyone, anywhere on the net," says Bryan. "Welcome to
the information age."

He also points out that this law gives investors in eastern Canada an
unfair advantage in worldwide financial markets. "Currencies are traded
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The outcome of the Canadian General
Election could have a significant impact on people's financial security,
and those in the west are kept from making informed decisions."

Bryan also indicates that the gag law's apparent intent could have been
better served through other means. The legislators could have opted to
close the polls at the same time or defer publishing the results until
all polls close. "This law is designed to keep western Canadians in the
dark," says Bryan.

"Election gag laws have no place in a free and democratic society," says
Bryan. "Ordinary citizens must step up and challenge such laws or else
face losing their rights altogether."


Paul C. Bryan
Suite 1202, 7077 Beresford Street
Burnaby, BC  Canada V5E 4J5
Phone: (604) 323-3687  Fax: (604) 608-3196