Experts are warning that having just won re-election, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is vowing to end free speech in Canada and he has many in the mainstream media on his side. READ: Bailout Press OKs Censorship
Prior to the election in September, Trudeau tried to pass Bill C-10, that would give government regulators, namely the CRTC, the authority to manage all content posted on the internet, including social media and even comments. It would allow the government to ban legal speech, if someone finds it personally offensive.
According to the National Post, a former director of the CRTC, Peter Menzies, stated that the bill “doesn’t just infringe on free expression, it constitutes a full-blown assault upon it and, through it, the foundations of democracy. “
Because of the controversial nature of the legislation, it stalled and was not able to pass before the election.
With a new mandate, Trudeau plans to introduce new legislation and according to reports it will make Bill C-10 look like a walk in the park as experts warn it is a “major threat to free expression.”
The National Post writes:
Critics have already sounded the alarm about a number of measures in the bill they say could violate Canadians’ constitutional rights — including giving that new regulator the authority to send inspectors into workplaces and homes, and allowing non-public hearings.
In a recent Heritage Canada consultation, experts told the government the proposed requirements for social media platforms to proactively monitor and take down social media posts amount to censorship, and urged the Liberals to set the “fundamentally flawed” bill aside. Anything less “will jeopardize Canada’s claim to being a leader in advancing free expression, a free and open internet, and the human rights upon which our democratic society has been built,” the University of Ottawa’s internet policy and public interest clinic told the government.