NP View: Justin Trudeau Liberals pose a direct threat to free speech in Canada

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Buried on page 65 of the Liberal platform is a promise to introduce legislation to “combat serious forms of harmful online content.” It may seem innocuous enough given its lack of prominence in the document and the fact that most Canadians likely agree that things like terrorist content and child pornography are bad. But in reality, controlling how Canadians interact with each other online is one of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s top priorities. And it poses a direct threat to free speech in this country. On Nov. 3, 2020, in the midst of the pandemic’s second wave, instead of focusing on protecting Canadians, the government was introducing Bill C-10, an act to amend the Broadcasting Act. Again, it sounded pretty innocuous. The bill was ostensibly designed to bring streaming services, such as Netflix, under the purview of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). It was a terrible idea on its own, but initially didn’t seem like it would affect most people’s lives, because it specifically exempted user-generated content uploaded to social media sites from being subject to regulation. But the bill soon got altered in committee.

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