Canada Pushes Forward with Online Censorship Laws

Liberal Canada is pushing forward with new legislation that seeks to censor online content.

The controversial internet censorship legislation, Bill C-11, is being advanced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government.

The bill has received overwhelming support from lawmakers and will likely soon become law.

It passed the second reading in the Senate and now awaits the third and final reading.

The bill, titled “An Act to Amend the Broadcasting Act and to Make Related and Consequential Amendments to other Acts,” passed in a 49-19 vote.

The legislation has been heavily criticized because it would give the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) the authority to regulate user-generated content on social media.

A few months ago, former CRTC chair Timothy Denton warned against passing the bill.

Conservatives Senators who voted against the bill criticized the second reading passing of the bill.

The Trudeau government also wants to pass Bill C-18.

The legislation seeks to force online platforms to promote certain media outlets that will be given a special designation by the federal government.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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