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Canada to set up a ‘Ministry of Truth’?


The Senate House, University of London, was the basis for George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth building in his novel Nineteen Eighty-four.
Credit: Marc Barrot/Flickr/CreativeCommons2.0

The fictional, dystopian novel, 1984, written by George Orwell is set to become nonfiction in Canada. In Orwell’s novel, the Oceania government set up a Ministry of Truth to determine what would be considered truth in the dystopian regime.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is ready to appoint an internet czar, who will be empowered to block websites that the federal government doesn’t like, even if what they are saying is not illegal.

Blacklock’s explains:

Cabinet yesterday proposed to appoint a chief internet censor with sweeping powers to block websites, investigate anonymous complaints and conduct closed-door hearings into legal but hurtful content deemed a threat to “democratic institutions.” Technical papers released by Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department said cabinet would determine “the threshold for what constitutes potentially illegal content.”

SOURCE (behind a paywall): Gov’t To Name Chief Censor

In his book, Orwell described the roles of several ministries set up by the dystopian regime, including the ‘Ministry of Truth’:

The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink.

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