The Liberal government is promising an amendment to its Broadcasting Act law, which states Ottawa is attempting to regulate Canada’s social-media posts.
There was no consensus on Monday between liberals and opposition parties on how to carry forward the committee’s study of the bill, known as Bill C-10. The Conservative Party has proposed to suspend the proceedings until the government gives a fresh assessment of whether the law complies with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They are also asking the Liberal Heritage Minister Steven Guilbolt, who presented the bill in November last year to appear before the committee.
The committee unanimously supported an NDP amendment to the Conservative proposal that calls on the government to produce a new charter assessment within 10 days, but lawmakers did not vote on the main conservative proposal. Liberal MPs delayed the vote, stating that they had privately persuaded the Conservatives that the Charter Review should take place only after all amendments have been settled.
The government says the bill would amend the Broadcasting Act to regulate Canadian radio-television commissions on C-10 internet streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube. This means that they will have the same requirements as traditional broadcasters, such as promoting Canadian content and financial contributions to Canadian creators.
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In April, the committee’s liberals amended the bill to remove a clause that would have excluded user-generated content from the regulation. The change raised concerns over Canadians’ rights to upload videos and other personal content to social media.
Conservatives want the charter’s assessment of the post-amendment document “noting that Bill C-10 has been dramatically changed,” said MP Rachel Harder, who has called on the Conservative to halt the bill’s progress and get clarification Proposed He also said that liberals should not dismiss questions about amendments.
“Canadians have concerns,” Ms. Harder said. “It is up to us to ensure that their rights are protected.”
Conservative MPs criticized Mr. Guillabult during the Question Hour on Monday for dealing with the bill. The minister accused the government of having official protests with large internet companies.
He later said in a statement that last month’s amendments addressed the fact that a portion of the bill would have excluded platforms such as YouTube when they would act as music streamers.
“But we also want to ensure that the content that people upload on social media will not be treated as programming under the Act and it will not be regulated by the CRTC. And so we are going to bring another amendment which will clarify this crystal, ”he said.
Liberal MP Julie Dabrussin, Mr Guilbult’s parliamentary secretary, said the government decided to amend the bill last month in response to concerns from the Canadian music industry that YouTube could be excluded from the new rules.
“YouTube is the number one source of music for Canadians,” she said. “It makes no sense to exclude them, when they are in that space of curating professional content, not treating them by the same rules and keeping them within the Broadcasting Act, as we do with radio stations .This is really it.
NDP MP Heather McPherson said she felt the Conservative’s proposal was reasonable, which is why she supported it. She said that while a conversation about freedom of expression is welcome, she is not concerned that the amended bill violates the rights of Canadians who post content on social media. He said the Conservatives are sharing misinformation about the bill and his rhetoric is “intended to provoke dialogue.”
Ms McPherson also said she was disappointed by the committee’s lack of progress in the past one week, and wanted to push the bill further. “Final result [of the delay] Broadcasters in Canada will suffer, ”she said.
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