Canadian Censorship Bill Inches Closer to Reality
"The bill could become law within a month."
Three months ago I published this article:
Justin Trudeau’s government is currently in the middle of granting itself sweeping new powers that will be used to seize control of the internet, seize control of the media, crush dissent, and control the population.
I thought it would go mostly unnoticed… but it randomly got 3,000 retweets?
So, I thought it would be good to circle back and update, because 1) the interest from readers is clearly strong, and 2) the future of Western civilization is at stake.
The sub-headline of that article, “Bills C-11, C-18, C-21, C-26, & C-36 will turn Canada into an authoritarian hellscape”, remains all too relevant as these legislative proposals continue to gather steam.
In today’s article let’s drill down into just one of those bills, the one closest to becoming law, Bill C-11. Here is the text of the bill, titled “An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts.”
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The newest update on C-11 is from two weeks ago, when it passed the House of Commons by a vote of 202 to 117. The Conservative Party made a valiant effort to stymie its progress, but yhey were outvoted by the Liberals, NDP, Greens and Bloc Quebecois.
Sure, they delivered some rousing speeches in the chamber, but it was all bark and no bite since everyone knew they were going to be outvoted no matter what they said. Dance Pierre, dance! It almost makes one wonder if the Canadian Conservatives are simply controlled opposition, going through the motions of resistance while the Liberals have their way with the nation like a drunk sorority girl passed out at a frathouse.
It’s not only Conservatives speaking out against Bill C-11; esteemed liberalcalls the bill "creeping totalitarianism" and says that “bureaucrats should not be telling creators what to write.”
Closure: Sneaking it in Through The Back Door
The way the Liberals passed Bill C-11 through the House was extremely underhanded — at the last possible moment, they tabled a “closure” motion to curb debate.
According to House rules, a motion for closure can be used by the government to prevent further debate on any matter—regardless of whether all members are finished speaking.
For invoking closure, MP Rachael Thomas accused the Liberal Pary of “not only wanting to censor what Canadians see and hear and post online, with Bill C-11, they also want to censor us as opposition members and our ability to speak about this bill.”
The leader of the Conservative Party, Pierre Poilievre, held up George Orwell’s 1984 as a stunt on the House floor, calling the book Trudeau’s “instruction manual”.
The Liberal’s closure motion to pass Bill C-11 was a shameful political maneuver that even the leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May, who voted for the bill, voted against the closure, stating that "every MP has a right to debate, and closure is wrong."
Speaking of the Canadian Green Party, here are 2 old Karlstack articles:
The Bloc Quebecois also supported Bill C-11, but voted against closure.
“We are against the principle of gagging the House, but we do support the bill,” said Bloc MP Martin Champoux.
A Liberal MP countered “that if we did not bring in closure on the legislation, the Conservative Party would continue to debate this legislation indefinitely. We would not be able to pass it in 2023 nor in all likelihood in 2024.”
A second Liberal MP added, “We have spent and are spending enormous amounts of time with this bill … Bill C-11 has taken 66 hours in the House and 83 hours in the Senate … Conservative MPs have given “60 different speeches” on the matter.”
The User Generated Content Amendment
Now that it has passed the House, Bill C-11 will go to the Senate "sometime after returning from the Easter break mid-April," so, any day now. It was potentially as soon as tomorrow, but has been delayed until at least the day after tomorrow.
If passed by the Senate, it will receive royal assent and become law.
(Why do we have “royals” signing off on our laws, btw? Why is “King Charles” our head of state? so dumb)
This is the second time C-11 has been sent from the House to the Senate. The first time, the Senate rejected it and sent it back to the House because they wanted to attach some guardrails, namely, they wanted an amendment to exempt user-generated content, e.g. tweet, TikToks, Reddit, Facebook posts, etc from being curated by the government.
The House said no to these guardrails, and sent the bill back to the Senate without the desired changes. This is a middle finger from the House to the Senate, but nobody really expects the Senate to push back again. There is a chance of push back, because they already pushed back once, but they almost never push back twice and nobody really expects them to. It seems like a done deal.
The Senate is not expected to further contest the bill. The bill could become law within a month, if it can be slotted into the parliamentary timetable.
It doesn’t escape me that Trudeau seized control of the YouTube algorithms the very month that he started his own YouTube channel, which he can now shove in every Canadian’s “recommended” feed.
It’s funny that Trudeau started a YouTube channel, because YouTube CEO Neal Mohan is strongly against Bill C-11:
Let me explain why this is so important.
YouTube is a personalized experience for everyone, built on the principle of helping you find the videos you want to watch and will be valuable to you. And we use many signals to do this, including clicks, watchtime, shares, likes, and more. This helps us introduce viewers to new content and creators they may not have thought to look for.
In its current form, Bill C-11 would require YouTube to manipulate these systems, and surface content according to the CRTC’s priorities, rather than the interests of Canadian users. Put into practice, this means that when viewers come to the YouTube homepage, they’re served content that a Canadian Government regulator has prioritized, rather than content they are interested in.
When some content is prioritized by the Trudeau-controlled algorithm, it holds by construction that other content will be deprioritized.
“The probability that the Canadian government is going to help disseminate my content to the world is zero,” says Jordan Peterson. “There isn’t a chance that they’ll do that. Because, obviously, I’m not ideologically aligned or philosophically aligned or morally aligned with anything that the Liberals or bureaucrats for that matter do.”
“Bill C-11 is a government censorship bill masquerading as a Canadian culture bill … The government is intending to give the power to … be able to filter what we see in our news feeds, what we see in our streaming feeds, what we see on social media.”
When Justin Trudeau was elected, he proclaimed Canada as the world's first "post-national state." He was essentially saying, "Who needs sovereignty when we have globalization?"
One could argue that his subsequent actions have been in line with this ambition of dismantling Canada's sovereignty.
It is rather ironic that someone who subscribes to such a globalist ideology would then seek to impose censorship on the grounds of not being "Canadian enough." One cannot help but wonder what criteria he uses to define Canadian-ness, and whether he is willing to exclude anyone who doesn't fit his mold. Perhaps it's time to question whether the Prime Minister is a champion of diversity or an advocate for conformity.
Normally here is where I would end my article by calling for action, linking to a petition, call your Senator, etc. etc. but for whatever reason, I have a hard time caring. I am blackpilled beyond belief; C-11 is an affront to democracy and sadly, just the start, it’s going to be law within a month, and then it is all downhill from there. C-11 will soon be followed by censorship bills C-10, C-18, C-21, C-26, & C-36, which will in turn be followed by Digital ID and CBDC. The Bank of Canada is expected to introduce CBDCs in late 2023.
The feds are champing at the bit to use all this new power; last week, Trudeau’s Cabinet said it is "committed" to appointing an internet censor board called a “Digital Safety Commission” to police legal content.
Other government organizations, like Egale Canada, are already calling for Fox News to be forbidden from being “distributed in Canada.”
You might say that Egale Canada isn’t a government organization — technically it is a charity — but c’mon — It’s the same thing. It’s an arm of the octopus. Here are the agencies that Egale works with:
If Bill C-11 becomes law, the internet will become Cable TV 2.0, where only preselected figures, characters, shows, or films will be available to consume once all these Bills pass. There may be potential workarounds, but they'll never stop trying to control what we see and hear.
The lesson here is that if the government votes themselves control of the algorithms — then break away from the algorithms! Become ungovernable! The way to become ungovernable is to subscribe to my Substack, since email inboxes are the original decentralized social media, and can’t be censored or suppressed by the Government of Canada… yet.
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