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PRESS RELEASE Maxime Bernier vows to protect Canadians’ free speech online

Collingwood, ONTARIO, August 18, 2021 – At a campaign event in Collingwood, the Leader of the People’s Party of Canada, Maxime Bernier leader has vowed to protect Canadians’ free speech online.

Max took to the mic and opened his speech

“The rights of Canadians to freely express themselves online are being eroded at an alarming speed under the Trudeau government.

Referencing two bills put on the table earlier this year. Bill C-10 that calls for tougher copyright law. Then we have Bill C-36 ‘hate speech’ online law. People can sue others for being offended online for $20k and possible jail time for 12 months. It also gives power to the CRTC power over the Canadian Internet and gets to pick what Canadians get to see online..

With C-10, the Liberals plan to give the CRTC power to regulate online publishers, including ordinary Canadians who are social media users. With C-36, they want to censor so-called “hate speech” and force social media companies, which are already censoring speech that isn’t politically correct, to crack down even more. They also plan to bring back Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, a hate speech provision that was repealed in 2013 because it was being arbitrarily used by far left activists to legally harass people they did not agree with.

He continues the speech with facts about some canadian laws that already exist to combat hate speech. Also worth a note is how section being proppsed to change was already changed recently and rolled back.

We already have laws to fight online threats of violence or propaganda by terrorist groups. These laws should be enforced. We don’t need more. What some people find politically incorrect, offensive or even hateful cannot serve as the legal basis for censorship. Canadians must be able to enjoy maximum freedom of expression as guaranteed in Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Right after explaining what these Bills would do and how they would change our laws and erode our fundamental rights and freedoms he vows to protect them with us.

A PPC government will repeal any existing legislation or regulation curtailing free speech on the internet and will oppose the reinstatement of section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.”


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