Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has crafted legislation that, if approved by Parliament, could make it illegal for social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to host content that the government deems illegal.
The bill is called C-10, and it should be opposed.
The government's bill threatens to seize control of online media content in Canada, putting liberty and freedom at risk.
It is now critical that you contact your MP and Senator to voice your displeasure at a probable crackdown on conservative and Christian online voices.
The Trudeau Liberals have no right to impose their party's ideology on the Canadian internet!
Please CONTACT your MP and Senator as soon as possible, and tell him or her to oppose Bill C-10 and leave the internet as a free speech zone!
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It is unclear how such legislation will square with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which “guarantees” to Canadians “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication.”
But, we can't leave this to chance. And so, while there is still time to act, please CONTACT your MP today!
Trudeau outlined his plans to regulate social media in Canada in a Jan. 15 “mandate letter” to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.
Trudeau mandated Blair to “take action on combatting hate groups and online hate and harassment, ideologically motivated violent extremism, and terrorist organizations..."
And, according to a briefing note, the Liberal government will use a “comprehensive approach...that will apply to the various platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.).”
“Social media platforms,” the briefing note continues, “can … be used to threaten, intimidate, bully and harass people, or used to promote racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, misogynistic and homophobic views that target communities, put people’s safety at risk and undermine Canada’s social cohesion or democracy.”
But, free speech advocates strongly sense that these mooted government plans could be used to suppress Charter Rights and Freedoms.
Lawyer Jay Cameron, litigation manager for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, recently told LifeSiteNews that whatever the intention of the government might be regarding regulating the internet, at the end of the day, free speech will suffer.
“When the Federal Liberals announce with great fanfare that they are going to tackle ‘online hate,’ what they really mean is that they intend to censor legal speech they and their supporters disagree with. When you start asking questions what you quickly realize is that what the Federal Liberals mean by ‘online hate speech’ is really ‘speech online that they don't like’ and is disagreeable to their supporters because it departs from progressive orthodoxy,” Cameron said.
“Canada already has a Criminal Code prohibition against hate speech, but it has rigorous defences built into it and prosecution requires consent from the Attorney General. The Heritage Minister knows that the speech he wants to go after is legal and cannot be prosecuted under section 319 of the Criminal Code. So he wants to create a new tool to prevent speech that is otherwise legal,” he added.
Cameron said that in Canada, section 2(b) of the Charter protects the right of citizens to have their own thoughts and beliefs and to express them. “This includes ‘thoughts, beliefs and opinions’ the Heritage Minister does not like,” he said.
“In other words, the reason Canadians have a Constitution in the first place is to protect them from authoritarian politicians like Stephen Guilbeault,” Cameron added.
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