Andrew Scheer warns Canadians about the Trudeau regime's fascist agenda
Freedom of speech has always unified both the left and right in Canadian society, but all that might be about to change with the right-wing seeking more control over the ability to freely express ideas online.
Over time, as governments grow in size, the need to control speech has become more prominent. Ironically, this is always done under the guise of protecting citizens from the dangers of unregulated speech—as in the case of authoritarian regimes. Andrew Scheer, who has served as the Member of Parliament for Regina —Qu'Appelle, said there is plenty of indications that Canada is about to ply the route of imposing ideas on citizens and slowly stifling free speech under the Justin Trudeau administration.
“The liberals are creating a phantom bogus threat that they need to protect us from and so they are going to give themselves massive power to regulate the internet,” said Scheer in a video speaking on the proposed C-11 bill to control online streaming services and other similar regulations by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
The Bill C-11, which is essentially a tweak of the prior attempt by the Liberals to control the internet and free speech, would empower the CRTC to force online streaming platforms like YouTube, Netflix and even TikTok to produce only CRTC-approved content for Canadians—in a way that mirrors existing content distribution by Canadian television and radio stations.
Several content creators have aired their displeasure with the new bill, warning that the bill would cause more harm than good to the visibility of Canadian content on these platforms. Once Canadian content is regulated and shown to users who have no interest in it, and thus fail to engage with it, the platform’s algorithm will demote that content, they argued.
For many Canadian YouTubers—many of whom are one of the most successful content creators on the platform—asides from worrying about losing engagement, officially qualifying for what would now be “Canadian government-certified content” would mean having to undergo intense scrutiny by the CRTC.
Canadian legacy media operate under the current CanCon regulations, where programs must show proof of Canadian citizenship for a certain number of the cast and crew. Also, detailed budgets must be submitted to ensure that at least 75 per cent of all production expenses are from Canadians or Canadian-owned companies. With this new regulation, any online video content creator who fails to meet up with these regulations by the CRTC could see their content hidden.
“Most Canadian YouTubers shudder at the thought that this could be our fate,” said J.J. McCullough, a Canadian YouTuber during recent testimony before a House of Commons committee.
McCullough has about 769,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel, with regular viewership counts that exceed even the highest-rated CBC programs. Yet, during his session, he told the Committee that his channel still ranks among the mid-level YouTubers in Canada.
“The tremendous success and even worldwide fame of many Canadian YouTubers in the absence of government regulation should invite questions about the necessity of Bill C-11,” said McCullough.
Justin Tomchuk, another Canadian who runs two large YouTube channels, told the committee the bill could cause a lot of damage to his channels’ international visibility – considering 97 per cent of his viewers are from outside the shores of Canada.
“Bill C-11 implies vague changes to these platforms to prioritize Canadian content to Canadians, but it would, in turn, deprioritize Canadian content to an international audience,” he said.
Justin Trudeau is calling on Canadians to trust him and his government with the new bill aimed at protecting Canadians and Canadian content creators, rather than limiting fundamental rights and liberties. But how can we be certain that this power won’t be abused like many other governments in the past, quizzed Scheer.
“This is the same guy that froze the bank accounts of grassroots donors who were supporting protests for freedom. This is the same guy who interfered in a criminal court case and fired his attorney general when she wouldn’t go along with his corruption,” said Scheer, speaking on Trudeau’s negative history of stifling freedom of expression and power misappropriation.
“This is the same guy who used the COVID pandemic as an excuse to give massive contracts to his friends at the WE organization. This is the same guy that increased funding to his friends at the CBC sending them more of your tax dollars and creating a media subsidy program,” he continued.
Trudeau's government cannot be trusted with this new power to control free speech. No government should have the power to control what citizens can see and post online and that’s why everyone needs to oppose the C-11 bill and protect free speech, said Scheer.