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Feds, businesses pull ads from Breitbart after pressure from citizen’s group

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Steve Bannon, a top adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, is former executive chairman of Breitbart News, a website he has dubbed a ‘platform for the alt-right.’ Photo from Getty Images

The Government of Canada, Canadian companies and other organizations have come under scrutiny in recent days for running online ads on controversial website Breitbart News, whose former executive chairman Steve Bannon is Donald Trump’s top advisor.

On Wednesday, it was reported that Public Services and Procurement Canada — which handles the federal government’s media purchases — nixed Breitbart from its list of approved sites for federal advertising after The Globe and Mail was informed by a grassroots campaign that the ads ran on the site, which Bannon has called “a platform for the alt-right.”

The federal agency didn’t immediately respond to Yahoo Canada News’ request for a comment, but a spokesperson told the Globe that Breitbart didn’t align with the government’s code of values and ethics and that it “does not support advertising on websites that are deemed to incite racial hatred, discrimination or the subversion of Canada’s democratic system of government.”

Update (Feb. 3): In an emailed response, the department said Breitbart was removed from the list in December. “However, the removal was not consistently applied in a timely manner by the Agency of Record and its supplier,” Nicolas Boucher said. “The error has been corrected.”

Click here to read the story originally published for Yahoo Canada News.

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