Conservatives call for emergency debate on internet bill after reports of Trudeau gov’t censorship

by Anthony Murdoch

Allegations that one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ministries told Facebook and Twitter to remove links on their sites to a news report criticizing his government recently came to light.

(LifeSiteNews) – After information came to light alleging that staff from one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ministries told Facebook and Twitter to remove links on their sites to a news report criticizing his government, the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) has now called for an emergency debate over internet censorship.

CPC MP and shadow minister for Canadian Heritage Rachael Thomas wrote in a long letter to Speaker of the House Anthony Rota that she will be demanding in the House of Commons debate “attempts” at “government censorship of the news.”

“I am writing to give you notice that I will rise in the House Monday afternoon to request an emergency debate concerning revelations that the government has pressured social media platforms to edit or remove content it considered embarrassing,” Thomas wrote.

“These attempts at what can fairly be described as government censorship of the news and, more generally, the internet came to public attention through a response to my colleague Dean Allison’s Order Paper Question No. 1219, which was tabled just before the Easter adjournment.”

Thomas noted that the order paper showed “one of several examples” of government meddling such as a 2021 Toronto Sun article, written by Lorne Gunter, about “pending Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) policy changes.”

“In a column last week, Mr. Gunter noted that IRB officials had first asked his editors to pull his article and when that failed, we now know they asked social media platforms to take it down and prevent any linking to it. The government’s requests were denied, thankfully.”

Noted Thomas, as Mr. Gunter observed, about his own experience, the government “still tried to have it banned as misinformation because it was embarrassing to them. It revealed a policy change they didn’t want revealed, which is precisely why it had to be revealed and why the social media platforms should not have banned it.”

“I couldn’t agree more,” Thomas wrote.

Thomas stressed that such attempts at censorship will only worsen should Trudeau’s internet censorship Bill C-11 and other bills become law.

“If adopted, these two bills will greatly diminish the ability of media companies and social media platforms to ignore government commands concerning what information can and cannot be made available to the Canadian public. News and cultural content will be at the mercy of government oversight and approvals. This is a terrifying thought in a longstanding, robust, and proud democracy like Canada,” she wrote.

 

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