Liberals and NDP end debate on internet censorship bill

Liberals and NDP voted to shut down debate on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Internet Censorship Act, Bill C-11.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, a vote by Liberal MP Sean Casey on a motion asking the House of Commons heritage committee to pass the bill immediately cited “procedural games, obstructionist tactics, filibusters, etc. “. It was adopted by 174 votes in favor and 146 against.

“They censor censorship from their own censorship bill. This is what is happening,” said Tory MP Blaine Calkins.

Critics have argued that C-11, which aims to update the Broadcasting Act for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to have jurisdiction over the regulation of online content, has been criticized as an attack on Canadians’ right to freedom of expression.

Although Liberal Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez claimed the bill does not expand the CRTC’s regulatory powers to include everyday content generated by Canadians online, the CRTC chief said the law s extended to user-generated material.

“[Section] 4.2 allows the CRTC to prescribe by regulation the content uploaded by the user subject to very explicit criteria. It’s also in the law,” said CRTC Chairman Ian Scott.

Scott, who was appointed by Trudeau in 2021, says the commission would not use those powers.

“Users of social media and online services expect freedom of expression, and they will continue to enjoy it under the new Broadcasting Act,” Scott said.

“In other words, the CRTC makes approximately 250 broadcasting decisions annually. Not a single one has ever been successfully challenged on the grounds that it somehow infringes on the freedom of expression of Canadians.

During the House debate on the motion, Green Party MP Elizabeth May criticized the Liberals for a double standard when it comes to crushing the opposition.

“Ask how this place would react to a motion like this if it had been brought forward when there was a Harper majority government,” May said.

“I can’t think of a time when such a blatant motion has been presented in this era.”

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