UPDATE: Bill C-10 is currently in front of the Senate, having cleared the House of Commons. With Parliament on summer recess since June 23rd, the Senate won’t continue its examination of C-10 until Parliament resumes in September. But should a federal election take place before then, Bill C-10 will “die”, meaning it loses its progress in the stages of becoming a law — but will likely be reintroduced from the beginning in the new session of Parliament.
Stop Bill C-10: Guilbeault’s media giant power grab
With a wink to his broadcasting-giant friends, Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault just tabled Bill C-10, a proposal to try and force 20th century broadcast regulations and taxes onto Internet streaming services.1-2
Guilbeault claims the bill is about supporting Canadian creators — but as is, this legislation will only line the pockets of current broadcasting giants like Bell Media, while leaving new media Internet creators out in the cold.3
Canada needs rules that uplift small creators excluded from the broadcast status quo, not a grab for even more power for legacy media. If we pull all of his critics into the fight, pressure from all sides will force him to reconsider his approach. Add your voice to the petition NOW to send C-10 back to the drawing board!