The Liberal Party’s Internet Censorship Bill is back, and it’s just as dangerous


Commentary

So far, no one has provided a better explanation of the federal government’s efforts to control the Internet than Charlie Angus.

Veteran NDP MP called Bill C-10 “Political Dumpling Fire” last fall, calling for restrictions on the use of algorithms by social media platforms such as Facebook, and unequipped Canadian radio. Given to the Television Communications Commission (CRTC). Privileges for the entire global Internet.

The Trudeau government first introduced bill C-10 in November 2020. It trampled the parliamentary process until last spring, when people noticed the horrific impact of free speech. At the time, I said in an interview with National Post reporter Anja Karadeglia, “not only does it violate freedom of expression, but through it it completely attacks the foundations of democracy.” Citizen freedom experts agreed.

Stephen Gilbo, then Minister of Heritage, did not seem to fully understand the file, yet their freedom was not endangered by the Canadians, and his goal was CRTC and Content that tried to reassure you that you would only get “money from the web giant” to fund government-approved Canadians.

His lack of persuasiveness was best demonstrated by the comments of Senator New Brunswick, David Richards, appointed by Trudeau.

“I don’t think this bill needs amendments, but I think it requires a heartfelt bet,” said Giller Award-winning author Richards. “I always and forever oppose bills that expose freedom of expression to a slump in government oversight.”

Richards was joined by other senators, especially Pamela Wallin and Paul Simon, in expressing serious concern about the C-10. Meanwhile, when the 2021 election was called, the legislation died in the order.

But now it’s back.

Three important things have changed. First, the Heritage Department is now headed by Minister Pablo Rodriguez. The other is that the updated version will try to instruct CRTC to focus on what is vaguely described as professional content. Third, Building C-10 is now called Building C-11.

What hasn’t changed are the vast powers granted to CRTCs, the extent to which their vague definitions are left to regulators, the threat to freedom of speech, the potential for trade agreement violations, and the catastrophic consequences of them. is. Get instantly 100,000 Canadians who make a living from vehicle content such as YouTube.

However, the government is more interested in their property than YouTuber and TikTokers in Canada.

Bill C-11 exists to please the accredited / approved Canadian content industry, which has evolved through a series of government-controlled funds over the last 40 years. This particularly influential group in Montreal has resisted adaptation to the Internet and has been lobbying for the Internet as a new cable for over 20 years. As anyone familiar with the 21st century knows, this is not the case.

Don’t worry that the advent of online streaming has created the greatest prosperity in the history of the Canadian film and television industry in the last decade. Life has never been better in terms of work and investment.

However, those who are firmly entitled to CRTC systems set up based on cable TV feel wary of this level of change. After more than 20 years of not being able to convince a series of ministers, including Melanie Joly, and the CRTC that the Internet needs to be regulated to qualify, they finally gladly found a dance partner with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. rice field.

Ministers may be responsible for enacting legislation, but all reports show that the political staff at the Prime Minister’s Office make all decisions. Therefore, Bill C-10 is not aimed at creating good public policy. The goal is to satisfy lobby groups believed to be able to guarantee political dominance in Quebec, where cultural conservatism has been a priority for 250 years.

The result is a law that essentially takes advantage of the 2022 global Internet, ties it up with ropes, and stuffs it into a regulated barn built in 1985.

Six years later, there is still no evidence that the government is interested in developing serious Internet policies as to how Canada can take advantage of this amazing technological development globally. Nor is there an increasing need to deal with the urgency of affordable high-speed Internet access or the exorbitantly high costs of mobile devices in this country.

Instead, because of its cheap and partisan political dominance, it shatters the entrepreneurial spirit of tens of thousands of Canadian creators, grants sovereignty over the infinity of the Internet to unqualified and opaque regulators, and citizens. You are ready to control how you use it. Express yourself through it.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Peter Menzies

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Peter Menzies is an award-winning journalist and senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, former vice chairman of the CRTC.