Stop C-10’s Dumpster Fire from coming back!

Guess who’s back? A new Liberal minority government with the same old minority mandate. And they’re threatening to revive one of their worst ideas for regulating the Internet: the smoldering dumpster fire that was Bill C-10.

This is the nearly universally rejected idea of forcing the Internet into Canada’s Broadcasting Act — and giving government bureaucrats the power to decide what appears on our social media feeds.1, 2, 3, 4

Good news: we have a brief window to convince new Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez that the government needs to reset Internet policy and leave Bill C-10 behind. Tell him that treating the Internet like cable television is a bad idea by signing the petition today!

To: Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez

 

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Dear Minister Rodriguez, 

Please reject bringing back Bill C-10.

The severely rushed and anti-democratic passage of Bill C-10 last spring was a national shame. You have an opportunity to change course and undo some of the harm done by this misguided approach. Now is the time for you to go back to the drawing board and listen to the voices of experts, stakeholders, and other Canadians.

No proposal should put the CRTC in charge of regulating Canadian user posts or content, or manipulating our social media feeds for government cultural objectives.

Don’t tax the Internet we love for legacy media we don’t. Any new financial support for promoting Canadian culture online should be fully and equally available to Canadian creators creating on all online services and platforms.

The Internet is not broadcast television, and applying the tools and thinking of broadcast legislation to it is a serious mistake. Don’t repeat this mistake by returning to Bill C-10.

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Nobody wants to choke on the fumes of government censorship and overreach that Bill C-10 gave off. Sure, lots of people are in favour of reforming Canada's Broadcasting Act and supporting Canadian creators — but we can do that without the C-10 trash fire.

Applying TV broadcasting standards and thinking to the Internet doesn’t make any sense; not for part of the Internet, and especially not for our user posts and content. Any effort to support vibrant Canadian culture on the Internet should fund Canadian Internet creators first, not tax the Internet we love to fund legacy media (like Bell and Corus) we don’t.

Let’s put an end to C-10’s dumpster fire and get this right. We have a new Heritage Minister and that means a chance to reset: slow down, listen to experts, stakeholders, and everyday people. 

It’s time to extinguish this dumpster fire and move forward with something better. Sign the petition telling the government to abandon its TV era approach to regulating the Internet.

 

Sources

  1. Changes needed before Broadcasting Act can be updated: experts - iPolitics
  2. There’s a more practical way to regulate Big Tech - The Globe and Mail
  3. Liberal’s need to drop ‘dumpster fire’ Bill C-10, and address big tech’s real damage: NDP - The National Post
  4. Former Canadian Heritage Committee Chair Scott Simms goes behind the scenes of the Bill C-10 hearing - The Law Bytes Podcast

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