OTTAWA, Canada, October 16, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized Conservatives this week for trying to renew investigations into the WE Charity corruption scandal that were cut short in August when he chose to prorogue Parliament.
Trudeau said at a press conference Tuesday that the government’s priority is to help Canadians deal with the coronavirus crisis, the National Post reported.
“We are entirely focused on the second wave of COVID-19,” the pro-abortion prime minister emphasized. “We will continue to stay focused on what we need to do to support Canadians facing a very difficult time right now. The Conservatives continue to want to focus on WE Charity, so be it.”
Trudeau’s remarks came a day after Conservative MPs Michael Barrett and Pierre Poilievre announced that they are asking that a special “anti-corruption” committee be formed to investigate the WE affair.
The Bloc and NDP also tabled separate motions to create a special committee to look into the matter, reported Canadian Press.
Before Parliament was prorogued, four Commons committees had started, or were preparing to start, digging into details of the Liberals’ decision to award WE Charity a now-cancelled no-bid contract to manage a CA$902 million national student volunteer grant program.
WE would have received CA$43.5 million to administer the now-defunct program.
The Liberals were already under fire over the sole-source contract when it emerged that Trudeau’s mother, Margaret Trudeau, and brother, Alexandre Trudeau, had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees and expenses from WE over the last four years, the National Post reported.
As the scandal grew, the ethics commissioner launched an investigation of Trudeau and then-Finance Minister Bill Morneau, whose family also had close ties to the charity founded by Ontario brothers Marc and Craig Kielburger.
Both Trudeau and Morneau apologized for not recusing themselves from cabinet discussions on the WE contract, and Trudeau insisted the decision was made by public servants.
PETITION UPDATE (12/11/2020)
Right before Thanksgiving, YouTube deleted a LifeSite video of a distinguished Canadian physician protesting the "unfounded public hysteria" over COVID-19 and accused us of spreading "medical misinformation."
Our account was suspended, and we were prohibited from posting videos on our YouTube channel for one week. And, while that may not seem like a big deal, it's a huge deal for a news organization like LifeSite.
Then, earlier this week, YouTube again suspended our account – this time for two weeks – over an episode of The Bishop Strickland Show wherein Bishop Strickland said he would not take an unethical COVID-19 vaccine.
We were able to appeal the suspension, and our request was granted.
This means that in YouTube's three-strikes-and-you're-out content-policing, idea-cleansing scheme, we are back down to one strike. But, we still face the threat of losing our account permanently.
And, we're not the only ones.
In a recent turn of events, YouTube just announced that it will remove videos alleging widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
But, what is YouTube afraid of? The truth???
Thankfully, however, there is a one, big bright spot on the horizon: 48 states filed suit against Facebook just this week.
And, although this seems like a step in the right direction, the draconian measures which YouTube just rolled out, which are already wielded by Twitter, are an assault against free speech.
So, the fight for freedom of speech against Big Tech goes on. And, we must do everything we can to protect it!
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PETITION UPDATE (11/18/2020)
Everyone thought the censorship by Big Tech corporations would decrease after the 2020 election, but the truth is that censorship is being felt just as much as it was before the election.
And, given the election outcome, perhaps Big Tech censorship now is even more consequential than it was before the election!
The two biggest social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, and other Big Tech companies, are still censoring and suppressing stories and posts favorable to conservatives, and especially anything that has to do with election fraud.
Here are a few recent examples:
- Women for America First organized the March for Trump on November 14, which was shut down by Facebook, MailChimp and Eventbrite. Despite Big Tech’s best efforts to cancel the event, the march went on and gathered a huge crowd.
- Twitter has been suppressing a large number of President Trump’s Tweets. Most of his Tweets have been flagged arbitrarily with a warning stating: “This claim about election fraud is disputed."
Please READ this recent article about Big Tech's attempt to choke information conerning the recent Million MAGA March in Washington, DC: '5 things mainstream media won’t tell you about massive DC ‘Stop the Steal’ rally'
Then, please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition, which calls on the Congress, the president, and governors to defend freedom of speech as Big Tech continues their rampant censorship.
PETITION UPDATE (10/15/2020)
In a remarkable development, Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham have announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will be issuing subpoenas to Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Facebook's Mark Zuckerburg for their company's suppression of two critical expose news stories about how Hunter Biden and the Biden Family allegedly profited from business deals made because of Joe Biden's position as Vice President.
Please WATCH LifeSite's exclusive video of the announcement by Senator Ted Cruz below.
According to the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Lindsey Graham, the subpoenas will be issued next Tuesday, for hearings to be held on Friday of next week.
This is a MASSIVE development, and should be welcomed by those who champion freedom of speech.
Again, this is all happening because Twitter and Facebook refuse to allow their members to share stories which would be favorable to conservatives.
Here's the timeline:
Yesterday, Twitter and Facebook suppressed a NY Post story about how Hunter Biden allegedly profited from introducing a Ukrainian businessman to his then-Vice President father, Joe Biden. The story also alleges that Vice President Biden then subsequently pressured Ukrainian authorities to fire a prosecutor who was investigating the businessman's company.
And, just this morning, Twitter suppressed another expose by the NY Post alleging that the Biden Family improperly profitted from deals made with one of the largest Chinese energy companies because of Vice President Biden's position in government.
But, right after the story broke, Senator Cruz tried to share the latest story on Twitter and was blocked. Twitter says that they are blocking the stories because they claim that the information was obtained illegally. However, Twitter showed no problem allowing illegally obtained information about President Trump's tax returns to be shared.
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PETITION UPDATE (9/17/2020)
Big Tech is out to kill free speech. LifeSite is out to protect it!
LifeSite has been digging deep into the many claims of liberal bias and selective censorship of pro-life, pro-family, and conservative voices on social media.
And, we are now launching our new series 'Uncensored: Big Tech vs. Free Speech', which will unpack how the actions of Big Tech censors actually affect conservative and Christian organization and individuals.
Please WATCH the first video in our series featuring Brigitte Gabriel, the Founder of ACT For America, one of the nation's premier national security grassroots organizations.
Ms. Gabriel's organization, ACT For America, has been targeted by Big Tech especially in the manipulation of search results.
Big Tech “think[s] they are God and they are exercising their godly power over everybody else,” Gabriel explained. "Because in today's world, anytime you want to find out any information about somebody, what do you do? Google. You go to the internet to find out some information about them. When you research anything about somebody, the first thing that comes up [in the search results] is the Southern Poverty Law Center’s labeling of ‘hate groups.’”
“And who are the ‘hate groups’? Family Research Council is a hate group because they are pro-family. American Family Radio is a hate group…LifeSiteNews is a hate group. My organization is a hate group because we sound the alarm about terrorism and protecting our constitutional freedom. And so they try to character assassinate you. And they control the language.”
LifeSite's research shows that Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, and others have become far too dangerous for democracy.
They can and do sway elections and public opinion in whatever direction they want, primarily by manipulating search results, tracking our online behavior, and by blocking truthful content from their platforms.
Today, LifeSite is starting to fight back, with facts and with stories of conservatives and Christians who are being negatively impacted by Big Tech's liberal bias.
Please continue to follow our 'Big Tech vs. Free Speech' series which aims to launch a new video each week for the next eight weeks.
And, please sign our petition demanding that Big Tech monopolies are broken up. Thank you!
ORIGINAL PETITION BACKGROUND TEXT:
The outrageous erasing of the White Coat Summit from the internet is only the latest in a long series of brazen acts of censorship against conservatives and all those who support legitimate free speech.
You may agree or disagree with the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine against the coronavirus, but everyone should agree on this point:
No Big Tech company should have the power to erase from the internet the medical opinions of licensed practicing doctors simply because they do not like what they have to say about the coronavirus or their experience treating it. Americans and other free peoples do not need leftist computer programmers deciding what the best course of medical treatment is for them.
Google/Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and their Big Tech friends want to control what you see, what you read, what you think, and ultimately, how you vote. Not only do they spend hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying congress and buttering up big Washington DC think tanks, but now they brazenly and directly censor any content they don't want you to see.
Big Tech, like other interest groups, aggressively lobby to help their businesses thrive, but increasingly, Big Tech is using blatant internet censorship to impose its radical world view over those they consider to be "deplorables."
This must stop, but it won't unless we demand it as forcefully as legally possible. We believe that we have reached the point were Big Tech must be broken up if legitimate free speech is going to survive and continue to thrive on the internet.
Please sign our petition to demand real consequences for Big Tech's suppression of legitimate free speech.
In 2016, emails revealed by Fox News' Tucker Carlson proved that Google tried to influence the election by affecting voter turnout. Thankfully they failed. But they didn't give up. Instead, they have been preparing and testing how to manipulate information to continue to abuse their monopolistic power.
In 2018, Google/Youtube et. al. succeeded in manipulating the Irish abortion referendum by blacklisting pro-life videos, manipulating pro-life search terms and results and intentionally withholding pro-life information. Again, this is not an opinion or a conspiracy theory, Project Veritas obtained first hand information proving the intentional censorship by Big Tech.
And the Coronavirus has just made things worse. You see, scared people are more easily manipulated into giving up their freedom of speech. Children are being kept from going to school, tens of millions of Americans are out of work, and rioting has broken out in most major American cities.
Now, more than ever, freedom of speech is necessary to secure all of our freedoms. Freedom of speech is crucial to truly exercise the freedom to vote for the person that best represents one's own views, or the freedom to decide what course of medical treatment to accept - especially the decision to control what vaccines are administered to our children.
Some experts, like Dr. Robert Epstein, a behavioral psychologist who has testified before congress against Big Tech believes that we may already be too late to control Big Tech's tyrannical control over information.
President Trump took a step in the right direction with his Executive Order calling for increased regulation of Big Tech. But much more can be done and needs to be done right now.
In an era where almost everything is polarized, there is an overwhelming support for breaking up the Big Tech monopolies. A recent Pew poll found that 75% of Americans believe that Big Tech companies have too much influence.
It is time to bring serious accountability to Big Tech for their attempts to use their monopolies to kill free speech.
It is time to break up Big Tech.
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Google, Facebook, Twitter shut down ‘frontline’ US doctors who promote ‘cure for COVID’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/google-facebook-twitter-shut-down-frontline-us-doctors-who-promote-cure-for-covid?utm_source=featured&utm_campaign=standard
Americans overwhelmingly agree Big Tech has too much power: Pew poll - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/americans-overwhelmingly-agree-big-tech-has-too-much-power-pew-poll
Leaked Google employee's email reveals effort to boost Latino vote, surprise that some voted for Trump - https://www.foxnews.com/tech/leaked-google-employees-email-reveals-effort-to-boost-latino-vote-surprise-that-some-voted-for-trump
Undercover video proves Google interfered in Irish abortion referendum - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/americans-overwhelmingly-agree-big-tech-has-too-much-power-pew-poll
On August 17, Morneau resigned his seat, and a month later, WE Charity announced it was closing its Canadian operations.
Meanwhile, the RCMP “continues to examine this matter carefully with all available information and will take appropriate actions as required,” a spokesman told LifeSiteNews in an email statement.
“However, we generally would not confirm or deny if an investigation is underway unless criminal charges would be laid. It would therefore be inappropriate for us to provide any more comments on this matter at this time.”
Trudeau suggested Tuesday that there are more important issues to deal with, and he dodged a question asking if he opposes a special committee to investigate the WE affair, Huffington Post reported.
“We have an awful lot of work to do, we’re going to continue doing it, but that needs to remain our focus,” Trudeau said. “The opposition can focus on whatever it is they want. We will stay focused on Canadians.”
He contended the Liberals have been open about the circumstances surrounding the WE deal. “I appeared at committee myself months ago, we released thousands of pages of documents, we’ve been open and transparent on these questions,” the prime minister said.
“But the Conservatives continue to want to focus on that. They certainly can. We will stay focused on Canadians while we let committees do their work independently.”
However, the Conservatives, NDP and Bloc Québécois have all criticized the extensive redactions in the documents the Liberals provided, according to the National Post.
Moreover, the non-partisan House of Commons law clerk told the pre-prorogation committee in August that the government appeared to have redacted more information than was necessary.
Despite this, the documents seemed to suggest the public service was “nudged in WE’s direction by Youth Minister Bardish Chagger,” Huffington Post noted.
The legislative session ended when Trudeau prorogued Parliament in August, and when the House resumed sitting on September 23, committees were reconstituted with new agendas.
As a minority government, the Liberals do not have the majority of votes on committees, and opposition parties can control agendas if they vote together, noted the National Post.
But opposition members of both the ethics and the finance committees attempting to renew investigations of the WE affair have been met with Liberal obstructionism.
Last Friday, the ethics committee met to vote on a motion to have the agency used by WE Charity, Speakers’ Spotlight Bureau, provide details of speaking fees paid since 2008 for Trudeau, his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, as well as Margaret Trudeau and Alexandre Trudeau.
The Liberal members of the committee filibustered for four-and-a-half hours and the meeting ended without a vote when a Bloc Québécois MP joined the Liberals to vote to adjourn. The Liberals employed the same strategy at Thursday’s meeting.
Barrett, the Conservative ethics critic, said Monday that the opposition wants to know what’s in the redacted documents.
“There has to be something pretty significant, pretty explosive in those documents, to shut down Parliament, to stop their release and then, once Parliament resumes, to filibuster committee for days on end to prevent their further release,” he said.
He told Canadian Press that the Conservatives will persevere no matter how long the Liberals filibuster.
It’s not clear when the finance committee will convene again after chair Wayne Easter, a Liberal MP, suspended last Thursday’s meeting to assess if a motion on WE Charity was in order, the National Post reported.
The NDP’s motion proposes the special committee also look into the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, “which was allegedly the target of a line-crossing lobby campaign by Rob Silver, who is married to Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford,” political analyst Kady O’Malley wrote in iPolitics.
The NDP also wants the committee to investigate “the procurement of personal protective equipment,” which O’Malley interpreted as an implicit reference “to a COVID-19-related contract awarded to a Quebec ventilator manufacturer owned by a former Liberal MP.”