The Liberal Party of Canada could soon have its controversial censorship legislation — Bill C-11 — enacted into law. As guest host Tamara Ugolini explains, the legislation is likely to have a chilling effect on freedom of speech in Canada.
"C-11 is a piece of legislation so ambiguously worded, with such sweeping power, that even Liberal-appointed Senator David Richards drew the chilling comparison between Bill C-11 and Nazi Germany's Ministry of Enlightenment or better yet, George Orwell's fictitious depiction of the Ministry of Truth in the dystopian writing of his authoritarian state in the novel 1984."
Bill C-11 amends the Broadcasting Act to classify social media users as broadcasters, subjecting them to the regulations of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
The implications of this censorship agenda extend beyond the political realm, as legal experts are concerned about the moral and legal repercussions of such ambiguously worded legislation.
As reported in the National Post, "Under the bill as it stands, the CRTC won’t have the power to control what Canadians post or choose to watch online. But it will have regulatory authority over recommendations — the movies, TV shows, videos and music platforms like Netflix, YouTube or Spotify suggest to their users."
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