Controversial Bill C-10 does not infringe on free speech, Justice Minister finds

The opposition fears Bill C-10 would give the government the power to regulate what you post on social media

Recent amendments to Bill C-10 would not restrict the freedom of expression of social media users, says Justice Minister David Lametti.

The Justice Department issued the finding Thursday after a second charter statement was conducted on the controversial bill.

The opposition fears that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) would be given overreaching powers and regulate what Canadians post on social media.

Last week, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said individuals’ podcasts, streams, or online video content would not be subject to federal regulations under Bill C-10.

The opposition fears that Bill C-10 would give the government overreaching powers and regulate what Canadians post on social media sites.

However, speaking on CTV’s Question Period Sunday, Guilbeault said they could impose regulations on accounts with large followings. The Heritage Minister then issued a clarification to CTV Monday, saying he used “unclear” language in that interview.

Critics are saying the government’s story about the bill changes daily, calling for them to scrap it and start over.

Critics say scrap Bill C-10 and start over

The bill is currently in front of the House of Commons’ heritage committee, which will hear from Minister Guilbeault on Friday.

Bill C-10 was proposed to level the playing field for Canadian broadcast companies dealing with increased competition from platforms like Spotify, Netflix and Amazon.

The intent is to have those social media-based online companies face the same standards as Canadian broadcast companies.