Trudeau's heritage minister proposes license for media, backs down after uproar
3 Feb 2020 — #GlobalVillage
On Monday morning Guilbeault backed down from his remarks, saying that the government will not demand news organizations to get a license.
Life comes at you fast.
“If you’re a distributor of content in Canada and obviously if you’re a very small media organization the requirement probably wouldn’t be the same if you’re Facebook, or Google. There would have to be some proportionality embedded into this,” Guilbeault said.
That doesn't sound like someone who is backing down entirely, though, does it? Don't think for one second that this won't be repackaged and reintroduced once the current uproar dies down. Trudeau and Guilbeault decided not to play this card yet, but they definitely showed their hand, and they're tired of opposition voices.
Nobody should doubt their willingess to use the powers of the state to shut them down.
In Ottawa, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault clarifies his position on broadcasting & telecom review panel's recommendations: "Let me be clear. Our govt has no intention to impose licensing requirements on news organizations nor will we try to regulate news content." #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/XQQlutSQzp— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) February 3, 2020