The last piece of the censorship machine fell into place in Canada yesterday.
Karina Gould is Justin Trudeau's point-man on the file. Her official title is Minister of Democratic Institutions, but that’s quite Orwellian, since the bulk of her work seems to be to weaken democratic institutions and make them subject to political meddling.
Yesterday she announced that she managed to persuade high tech companies to censor the Internet in the upcoming political election, a "declaration" in the name of "electoral integrity."
But it has nothing to do with electoral integrity. There’s nothing in there about, for example, getting proof that voters are Canadian citizens — you don’t have to show ID anymore to vote in Canada. There’s nothing about stopping foreign-funded groups from meddling, as more than 100 groups did last time. Nothing in there about Unifor, the conservative-hating union, being in charge of doling out $600 million to Canadian reporters.
And all of them were bashed — for not censoring enough.
Not one voice for free speech today in Parliament. The Liberals want to shut people up. But so do the Conservatives:
They don’t like to talk about things that are too conservative for them, like criticism of immigration, political Islam, abortion or how trans rights have gone nuts.
(I notice that Andrew Scheer no longer objects to the $600 million dollar media bail-out — he just objects to one of the people handing it out, Jerry Dias of Unifor. Scheer no longer proposes to privatize the CBC, either — he actually wants them to do more Canadian coverage...)
TONIGHT I'll tell you more about Gould’s announcement yesterday.
For instance, it says:
However, these platforms have also been used to spread disinformation in an attempt to undermine free and fair elections and core democratic institutions and aggravate existing societal tensions.
Which is another way of saying, a vigorous debate, in which we all are allowed to disagree. An election is how we resolve tensions — we vote on things.
But Karina Gould is worried about that. She doesn’t want there to be any tension out there, any “fake news” about her boss. Too much tension. Best to silence it.
Look: Tommy Robinson lost his campaign for a seat in the European Parliament. There are a number of reasons — the main one was that Nigel Farage created a new Brexit Party, and it stormed the gates, perfectly capturing the mood of the country.
But as I pointed out yesterday, no-one can win an election in 2019 if they are silenced by big tech. Tommy used to have one of the biggest Facebook pages in the whole of UK — next only to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.
One day Facebook just turned it off. Same with Twitter. YouTube is shadow-banning his videos. I don’t think this was done by the big tech companies on their own. I think this was specifically done at the demand of the British political class.
As Tommy pointed out yesterday, it’s not just that he couldn’t speak positively; he couldn’t reply to the wall of hate specifically directed against him. Soros-backed campaign group smeared him with a massive campaign — they boasted about it in today's newspapers.
I’m not against rough and tumble politics like that. But is it a fair election when one candidate cannot reply?
This, EXACTLY, is now coming to Canada.
I always said we’d be five years behind the UK. Yeah, I think it’s more like five months...
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