EDITORIAL: Intent of Bill C-10 is censorship

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Here are some questions for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault about Bill C-10, “An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.” How is giving government the power to regulate videos Canadians post on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok a justified restriction of their right to free expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? How is it, in the words of Section 1 of the Charter, a “reasonable limit prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society”? If, as Trudeau and Guilbeault insist, regulating videos on social media posted by Canadians is not the intent of the legislation, why have they suddenly dropped Section 4.1 that specifically exempts such activities from its provisions?

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