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OTTAWA, Ontario, May 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Speaking in Canada’s House of Commons last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that those who criticize his government’s much-maligned internet regulation bill are nothing more than people who wear “tinfoil hats.”
Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) MP Michael Barrett had asked Trudeau if Bill C-10 was an attempt to silence Canadians online who use social media sites such as YouTube or Facebook to express their views.
“Will the Prime Minister tell us how long it will be before every aspect of Canadian life must conform to his Liberal vision of Canadian society?” Barrett asked.
To this, Trudeau replied with a dismissal of Barrett’s question.
“The tinfoil hats on the other side of the aisle are really quite spectacular,” Trudeau replied.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has introduced a bill which threatens to seize control of online media content in Canada, putting liberty and freedom at risk.
But, the Trudeau Liberals have no right to impose their party's ideology on the Canadian internet!
Please SIGN this petition which tells the Trudeau Liberals, as well as the opposition, to leave the internet as a free speech zone!
Bill C-10 is causing alarm bells to sound with conservative and Christians, who are concerned that it is the first step towards the destruction of independent online media in Canada.
The Bill would require more "diversity and inclusion" content, reflecting the experience of "Canadians from racialized communities and Canadians of diverse ethnocultural backgrounds, socio-economic statuses, abilities and disabilities, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and ages."
And, Bill C-10 would also give power to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to "assign penalties for non-compliance."
With this frightening new power, Bill C-10 is a real threat to the freedom of speech of conservatives and Christians in Canada who engage with the entire world about their issues on the internet.
Jay Cameron, a lawyer for the Canada-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms told LifeSite:
"It is clear from recent statements by the PM and the Heritage Minister that the federal government wants to increase control and penalties for speech and content that is not approved of by the ideologues in the Liberal Party. Unsurprisingly, the purpose of Bill C-10 is not to increase freedom of ‘thought, belief, opinion, and expression’ (section 2(b) of the Charter) but to further restrict it.".
Simply put: the chilling effect that this Bill could have on freedom of speech rights is incalculable.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which tells Trudeau Liberals to stop their attempt to impose their party's ideology on the Canadian internet.
Tell them to scrap Bill C-10 and leave the internet as an independent forum where ideas, beliefs and other ventures can be discussed without government regulation or censorship.
And, tell them that Canadian adults are mature enough to make up their own minds about sensitive topics without government interference.
After you have signed the petition, please consider politely contacting the Minister for Canadian Heritage, the Shadow Minister for Industry and Economic Development, and the Prime Minister's office, to tell them about your dismay regarding Bill C-10. CONTACT DETAILS BELOW.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Trudeau government introduces bill to force online media companies to push liberal content' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/trudeau-government-introduces-bill-to-force-online-media-companies-to-push-liberal-content
Steven Guilbeault - Minister of Canadian Heritage Telephone: 819-997-7788 Email: [email protected]
Alain Rayes - Opposition Shadow Cabinet - Canadian Heritage, Official Languages & Quebec Economic Development Telephone: 819-751-1375; Email: [email protected]
Justin Trudeau - Office of the Prime Minister Fax: 613-941-6900 [email protected] https://pm.gc.ca/en/connect/contact
Last year, Trudeau’s government introduced Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s Bill C-10, which would regulate certain online media services through the creation of a new class of broadcaster called “online undertakings.” The new regulations would be done through amendments to Canada’s Broadcasting Act.
The original draft of Bill C-10 had an exemption clause called “Section 4.1” for “user content” posted on social media by individuals, meaning such posts would originally have not fallen under Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) regulations.
The CRTC is the federal body tasked with regulating TV and radio in Canada, but up until Bill C-10 has kept a hands-off approach to regulating the internet.
However, a recent amendment to Bill C-10 done through the Heritage Committee removed the “Section 4.1” provision, which in theory means the federal government would be able to regulate what people post online.
The legislation, if passed, would force companies such as YouTube, Twitter, or Instagram to remove content deemed “harmful” within 24 hours. In essence, it would let the CRTC regulate the internet along with social media in line with their regulations for broadcasting services.
Guilbeault recently struggled to give a clear answer to justify why a committee chaired by him moved to have personal social media posts placed under government oversight.
In an interview on the CBC show Power & Politics last Friday, Guilbeault claimed that his internet regulation Bill C-10 is about “ensuring that these platforms that act like broadcasters pay their fair share when it comes to Canadian culture … It's not about content moderation.”
Recently, former head of the CRTC Peter Menzies said, “Putting the CRTC in charge of the entire internet, I mean, that’s like putting a logging company in charge of the Great Bear Rainforest … it’s not going to end well.”
CPC MP Pierre Poilievre has been an outspoken critic of the Trudeau government and Bill C-10. He recently launched a petition against Bill C-10 called “Stop the Censorship Bill & Protect Free Speech.” The petition calls on the Trudeau government to “immediately withdraw the censorship bill and respect free speech.”
Yesterday, Poilievre blasted Guilbeault for spreading “misinformation” after he suggested in a recent interview with CTV's Evan Solomon that those with large social media followings could be subject to regulations under Bill C-10.
Guilbeault later clarified in a statement that he “should have been more precise” with his language, adding that large social media users will “never be considered as broadcasters and will not be subject to the obligations or regulations within the Broadcasting Act.”
The Federal NDP Party said that they will be voting in favor of a motion that puts “Bill C-10 on hold while the Department of Justice conducts a new Charter compliance analysis and calls on the Minister to appear in committee.”
Yesterday, the Heritage Committee put a hold on Bill C-10 until the Department of Justice looks at it to determine whether or not the recent amendments violate one’s free speech with posts on social media.
Trudeau needs the support of the NDP to pass Bill C-10.