The federal government does not want to “regulate the video of your cat” on social media, which a liberal member of the Canadian Heritage Committee says is working on Bill C-10.
MP Julie Dabrussin’s remarks came after a week-long hiatus from legal experts and civil rights advocates during a news conference on Monday, which says the government’s recent change could clear the way for the bill.
Opposition lawmakers are also seeking to halt the amendment process of the controversial bill, so the Justice Department can study whether it could violate Canada’s right to freedom of expression under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In updating the Federal Broadcasting Act, Bill C-10 will change how the Act deals with the Internet.
On April 23, a late-game Legacy Committee MP in development of the bill voted to remove a clause exempting user-generated content on social media from regulation by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) .
This made the possibility of Canadians uploading Tickcock and YouTube subject to the content rules of the CRTC.
Conservative MP Rachel Harder on Monday tabled a motion in the committee to halt the bill’s progress for 10 days, during which the Department of Justice can make an assessment – referred to as a “charter statement” – of what recent The amendment could mean the bill violates Canada’s rights.
If the motion is passed at Friday’s hearing, it would force Heritage Minister Steven Guilbult and Justice Minister David Lemeti to testify before the committee.
“What are they afraid of?” Harder told the star during an interview on Monday. “If they can express their intent verbally, then put it into law.”
In a statement emailed to The Star, Guilbult stated that “social media platforms were excluded from the category of broadcasters” fragmented and meant that platforms such as YouTube would be shielded, even if they were like music streamers Do the work.
However, he also said that he wanted to be clear that “content that people upload on social media will not be treated as programming under the (Broadcasting) Act and will not be regulated by the CRTC.”
The government, Guilbult said, “will bring another amendment that will clarify this crystal.”
During the debate on the proposal on Monday, Liberal MPs said they were not necessarily opposed to an updated charter statement, but said it should be after the committee has dealt with all the amendments being brought forward for the bill.
There may be enough support to pass the proposal. NDP MP Heather MacPherson and Blac Québékis MP Martin Champoux, who both sit on the committee, said they would support it.
But Liberal lawmakers are still holding back the notion that the bill would violate the rights of Canadians when it comes to YouTube and Tickcock.
“What’s not Canadian online about this bill,” Dabrusin told reporters. “It’s about the web giants who are not currently doing it.”
Experts have stated that individuals would not be considered broadcasters under Bill C-10, but digital platforms may be responsible for those materials.
Dwayne Vinsek, a professor at Carlton University’s School of Journalism and Communication, said, “This is going to happen for companies that, by being defined as broadcasters – they are now basically enforcing these more restrictive standards by the state.” Huh.”
“They are about to take precautions,” he said. “They are called ‘false positives’.”
It’s loading…It’s loading…It’s loading…It’s loading…It’s loading…
MacPherson initially supported the liberals on April 23 after voting to remove the clause. He said that until he understood that the removal would violate the rights of the people, he nonetheless supported getting the charter rule from the Minister of Justice.
“Go to the highest lawyer in the land to get the ruling,” she told the Star on Monday.
“If it comes back and is not deemed to go against the charter, we can continue on our work.”