Warnings mount over insane report the Liberal govt is using to push for the regulation of internet media content providers.
Last week's reaction, after Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault told CTV News “If you’re a distributor of content in Canada… we would ask that they have a licence,” was immediate and overwhelming. Both he and Prime Minister Trudeau were quick to back down, insisting that the government will not demand news organizations to get a license.
Still, even the back-down wasn't very reassuring.
“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.
Even now, Guilbeault is still refusing to acknowledge his own responsibility, blaming the people and not his own comments for the uproar over the government's position on media licensing. Watch his remarks to the press below.
National Post’s John Ivison isn't buying Guilbeault's suddenly softer stance. “A key recommendation was to extend licences currently granted to radio and television stations to all media content, along with a much stricter compliance regime,” he wrote.
Conservatives also hit back hard at Trudeau's government this week, pointing out that “1984 was supposed to be a cautionary tale.”
Keean Bexte of Rebel News reports: The Liberal Minister of Heritage has been in the spotlight recently. His repeated, blundering appearances in the media have drawn international ridicule, as he has tried to explain away his Soviet-style plot to censor the media and news that you consume.