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Canada’s Heritage Minister says free speech online ‘undermines democracy’

By Dan Frieth | Reclaim the Net | July 17, 2021

Offensive remarks on social media are legal, but Canada’s Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault says they “undermine democracy.”
The government is promoting the internet censorship bill C-36, which seeks to obligate social media platforms to mass censor.

In a briefing, reviewed by Blacklock’s Reporter, the Heritage Ministry argued for censorship of offensive Twitter messages because he says they prevent “a truly democratic debate.”

“This content steals and damages lives,” the briefing read. “It intimidates and obscures valuable voices, preventing a truly democratic debate.”

In late June, the cabinet introduced Bill C-36, which threatens social media users with house arrests and fines of up to $50,000 for sharing content that promotes “detestation or vilification.”

“Our objective is to ensure more accountability and transparency from online platforms while respecting the Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms,” said the June 16 briefing note.

“The mandate of the Department of Canadian Heritage includes the promotion of a greater understanding of human rights.”
Under Canada’s Criminal Code, so-called “hate speech” (open to interpretation) is a crime. What Bill C-36 does is make hate speech illegal even when there is no evidence of a crime.

“Social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter are increasingly central to participation in democratic, cultural and public life,” said the briefing note.

“However, social media platforms 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 social cohesion or democracy.”

July 17, 2021 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Full Spectrum Dominance | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. That guy looks like he belongs in a Police “Mug Book”, not the Canadian Government. It sounds like the Canadian Government,(like the Australian Government) bow down to the Criminals who run the USA……Was he completely unaware of President Trump’s Offensive Tweets?
    Freedom of Speech means that, in a Democracy, we ALL have a right to offend Pomposity………

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | July 17, 2021 | Reply

  2. Canada’s Heritage Minister is not only an imbecile but is also a lemming following his Oligarchs orders.

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    Comment by papasha408 | July 17, 2021 | Reply

  3. Seems many govt officials and Corp CEO’s, Ivy League scientists,
    were the students, maybe next desk over, sucking ink from pens.

    Anyone wielding power, influence needs a Ted Kaczynski passport.

    Until Ted approves, straight jacket and mouth guard stay in place.

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    Comment by 5 dancing shlomos | July 18, 2021 | Reply

    • Uncle Ted tells us of ‘The System’s Neatest Trick.’ and boy, did he get that one right. It’s truly unfortunate, this genius planted bombs and hurt people, but, I do like the idea of a Kaczynski passport. Hopefully, any booby who thinks free speech undermines democracy will have his words blow up in his face one day.

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      Comment by papasha408 | July 18, 2021 | Reply


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