Conservative lawmakers urge federal government to identify all ‘misinformation’ published since 2016

Conservative MPs have asked the government for a detailed outline of cases since 2016 in which government ministries and agencies have provided “misinformation”.

‗Since 2016, with regard to false information or misinformation released by the government, categorized by ministries, agencies, state-owned enterprises or other government bodies, and by year: MP Chris Warkentin asked a question requesting an answer last October.

Deputy party whip MPs asked how the details and information in each case were amended.

The 123-page response was submitted on Dec. 14 by Liberal MP Kevin Lamreux, the House Speaker’s congressional secretary.

The response was long, but the content was light.

Most entities stated that they were “responsible for providing timely, clear, objective, accurate, factual and non-partisan information” and that requested information was “systematically tracked ” and replied with a canned answer.

“The Health Portfolio would need to manually collect impossible information in the allotted time to develop and validate a comprehensive answer to this question, and would not be able to provide incomplete and misleading information. We have concluded that it may lead to disclosure,” Health Canada replied.

The CBC “maintains complete independence of journalism and programming from the government. This question specifically refers to ‘misinformation or misinformation released by the government.'”

“CBC/Radio-Canada as a public broadcaster does not release information to the government.”

Some organizations have identified instances in which erroneous information was made public, but most instances appear to be related to clerical errors.

The Canadian Grains Commission has confirmed that it posted “pictures of the wrong type of moisture meter” on Facebook and Twitter in December 2020, and proceeded to remove the post.

The Bank of Canada said data in charts related to its monetary policy report were plotted incorrectly in two instances, after which the information was corrected.

The Epoch Times reached out to Workentin’s office to find out what prompted the request.

Liberal governments have frequently used the term ‘misinformation and disinformation’ when criticizing the Conservative Party or justifying increased information controls.

“Mr. Mr. Chairman, the price of pollution returns the average household across the country more money than it costs,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Said in the House of Commons in late November. “Conservatives continue to spread misinformation and disinformation about it.”

The Trudeau government is also funding projects and wants to pass legislation to address the topic of “misinformation and disinformation.”

Noe Chartier

Noé Chartier is a reporter for the Epoch Times based in Montreal. Twitter: @NChartierET Gettr: @nchartieret