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What a terrible few days it’s been for free speech.
First, our friend Andrew Lawton was kicked off the Liberal campaign bus for… well, they wouldn’t say, exactly. They said he wasn’t “accredited”, which is weird, because there really isn’t any such thing as media accreditation in Canada.
And of course it got a lot worse this week when Andrew Scheer did the exact same thing to our own David Menzies: Kicked him out of a press conference that was open to all media.
And then comes news of Justin Trudeau’s new censorship policy, as reported by the U.S. based Breitbart.com:
Justin Trudeau’s Party Demands Big Tech ‘Hate Speech’ Crackdown”
(Say, have you seen this story in any Canadian media? Just kidding. Of course not...)
"The ruling Liberal Party of Canada, whose leader and Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was recently outed for repeatedly wearing blackface, has pledged to force social media companies to remove 'hate speech' within 24 hours if it wins the upcoming Canadian elections.”
And then they quote the Liberal Party platform:
"[Social Media] can also be used to threaten, intimidate, bully and harass people – or used to promote racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, misogynist, and homophobic views that target communities, put people’s safety at risk, and undermine Canada’s long-standing commitment to diversity. We believe that when social media platforms are used to spread these harmful views, the platforms themselves must also be held accountable.”
What’s a "harmful view"? I agree that “threatening” people — if that means a threat of violence — is wrong, and we already have a Criminal Code provision against that.
How can you put a real threat of violence in the same category as an opinion that “undermines Canada’s long-standing commitment to diversity”?
One’s a crime. The other is a political opinion.
Now, I imagine that some illegal content — like a terrorist snuff film, for example — would be immediately evident. But in what other legal system that you can think of is there an accusation, a trial and a verdict in 24 hours?
This is actually a shakedown:
Trudeau shaking down the social media companies. But I think they like it. It just gives them legal cover for a massive political purge that they want to do now, but couldn’t possibly justify.
I searched, and I found only one story about this in Canada, in a small publication for Sault Ste. Marie.
Other than that? No-one cares...
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