Trudeau's Censorship Bill Is Being Resurrected

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to push through an extremely controversial internet censorship bill that would control the spread of information.

The legislation was previously known as Bill C-10 or the “online streaming act”. This bill failed to pass in the last Parliament and is now coming back as part of a three-step approach to regulating the internet.

This updated bill would force large social media platforms like Facebook and Google to share revenue with news publishers. It would also grant the CRTC the ability to regulate online companies like Netflix. This is just one element of the bill which drew strong opposition in the last Parliamentary session.  The issue that caused the greatest stir is when, in 2021, the Heritage Committee removed an exemption for user generated content. Many stated this to be a violation of the right to free expression.

Though the original Bill C-10 made its way through the House of Commons, it was stopped in the Senate.

In a mandate letter sent to Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, he was directed to “introduce legislation to require digital platforms that generate revenues from the publication of news content to share a portion of their revenues with Canadian news outlets.”

As stated in The National Post “The news compensation bill and the legislation previously known as C-10 were two parts of a trio of online regulation bills the Liberals promised to introduce within 100 days, following last fall’s federal election.

The third piece of that is the online harms bill, aimed at terrorist content, content that incites violence, hate speech, intimate images shared non-consensually and child sexual exploitation. But the draft legislation was lambasted in a consultation by experts, Google and even research librarians, who warned the government in written submissions the plan would result in the blocking of legitimate content and lead to censorship.

The mandate letter for Rodriguez then told him to continue working on developing that legislation, noting it should be “reflective of the feedback received during the recent consultations.””

We will be keeping an eye on the progress of this bill, any modifications made to it and how it could affect our families.