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“Midnight Madness: as Canadians slept, the Liberals, Bloc and NDP combined to pass Bill C-10.” That is how Canadian law professor and the country’s foremost expert on law and technology, Michael Geist, described Tuesday evening’s House of Commons shenanigans that allowed the Trudeau government to ram through its controversial internet censorship law. This comes after we saw “the government limiting debate, overruling its own committee chair, and using every available procedural manoeuvre to get the bill passed in the House of Commons,” Geist reports. In a nutshell, C-10 attempts to take the government’s outdated cultural regulatory mechanism, the CRTC, and awkwardly apply it to the internet. This will give bureaucrats (and the partisan operatives that direct them) the power to meddle in the content you see online. Lo and behold, less than 24 hours after the Liberals rammed through C-10, Justice Minister David Lametti tabled C-36, a bill to crack down on so-called “hate propaganda, hate crimes and hate speech” online. Hate speech, a vaguely defined term, is already illegal in Canada. This bill seeks to expand the government’s power to crack down on messages and comments they don’t like, based on subjective and ill-defined criteria.

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