Trudeau’s censorship czar deletes tweet falsely claiming Bill C-10 criticism was ‘misinformation campaign’


Liberal Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault received public pushback from an academic on Twitter, with the minister quietly deleting a tweet that accused public outrage over the censorious Bill C-10 of being part of a “misinformation campaign.” Michael Geist is the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa and a member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, who tweeted on Wednesday: “Last night, Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault posted a remarkable tweet that should heighten concerns about Bill C-10,” wrote Geist, “forthcoming online harms legislation, and the government’s intent with respect to free speech.” The Trudeau Liberals treat all user-generated content as a “program” subject to CRTC regulation, despite mounting public criticism and concern about the implications for free speech. “While the tech companies have remained relatively silent, Canadians have been speaking out,” he wrote, including Saskatchewan’s Justice Minister Gord Wyant. Geist hopes the federal government starts over on Bill C-10 as he cannot vest responsibility for the online harms bill in Guilbeault.

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