Look at this CBC story:
Minister tasked with safeguarding election calls on committee to look at regulating Facebook, Twitter
Isn't that the opposite of safeguarding the election? Isn’t meddling in free speech actually interfering in the election?
Gould invites committee to study regulation or legislation in lead-up to federal election
We’ve had free elections in this country for centuries — obviously Canada is only 152 years old as an independent country. But we were British North America before that, and we elected all sorts of local and provincial officials.
The Internet really came into its own in the early 1990s and we've had eight federal elections since then.
Trudeau certainly used those technologies to spread the message. But that’s the thing — now that he’s in, he wants to pull up the drawbridge. And you know what? The other parties are willing to go along with this:
Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould today called on a Commons committee to look at the possibility of the Canadian government imposing new rules on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter in the lead-up to the next federal election.
Twitter and Facebook and YoUtube and Google already tilt left, and censor sites based on ideology.
In the weeks before the French elections, Facebook shut down 30,000 pages that supported Marine Le Pen. Facebook claimed they were “fake”. But what does that mean? Who made the decision? Do you trust Mark Zuckerberg?
We know that Twitter deletes accounts of anyone they don’t like — including some of our former staff, from Tommy Robinson to Laura Loomer. Our YouTube page has been demonetized, along with many other conservative sites.
Back to the story today:
(...) Gould suggested the committee take a closer look at the role of social media in elections.
"I would encourage this committee to do a study of the role of social media in democracy, if that is something that you think is interesting," she said. "To hold the social media companies to account.”
One of the things we always say the free press is, "The media holds the government to account." Sure, the opposition does, too. But they don’t talk about everything — only the things that suit them.
Now look how that is inverted: The government now proposes to hold media companies to account.
TONIGHT I'll take you through more of this disturbing announcement. It's vitally important that every Canadian learn exactly how the government proposes to control the media narrative.
So what did Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives say in reply?
The Conservatives said they want more, harder, stronger rules against foreign meddlers. OK, let’s talk about that.
But I’m not worried about the free speech rights of foreign nationals in our elections. I'm worried about our free speech rights here in Canada.
That’s exactly what Gould was talking about. But when it was her turn, Stephanie Kusie, the Conservative critic, didn’t make that point.
Is it because they, too, don’t like voices on social media talking about things they don’t like to talk about — they hate talking about Islam, they hate talking about immigration, because it’s embarrassing to them, at least the CBC says so.
I don’t know. But I do know one thing — they’ll come for us here at the Rebel , as sure as day follows night...
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