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The House of Commons’ Heritage Committee is trying its best to push the unpopular and controversial C10 bill, and critics and pro-free speech advocates are taking notice. At the heart of the issue is that the amendments made to the bill between Thursday and Saturday have not been made available to the public. Critics have also voiced concern about the potential chilling effect of Bill C10, as it contains many provisions which, if fully enforced, would severely limit Canadians’ ability to speak their minds on the internet. “I find it shocking and deeply troubling that the committee is proceeding with clause-by-clause by voting on amendments that have not been made public, are not subject to debate, and there are no experts available to answer questions,” mentioned Michael Geist. Geist is a professor of law at the University of Ottawa. Parliamentary privilege normally implies that the text of bills and amendments aren’t available to the public after the vote has been cast on them. However, in this cases, this has been combined with what’s known as “time allocation”, which aims to pass the bill quickly in the House of Commons with a bare minimum of analysis and debate.

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