Last week, the Liberal-NDP government, supported by their Bloc allies, shut down attempts brought forward by Conservatives to study the impact of the government's decision to force podcasts and streaming companies to register with the government before November 28th. The end goal of this registry is nothing more than to control what Canadians can see, say and hear online.
Conservatives brought forward two motions at Heritage Committee to get answers from the Minister of Heritage about her proposed podcast registry and begin to undo the damage the Liberals' censorship regime is creating. Despite months of Conservative warnings, concerns from Canadians across the country, and now blowback from around the world, the Liberal-NDP government and their Bloc allies voted to shut down debate on the common-sense Conservative motions.
Bill C-11 gave the government the power to control what Canadians can see, hear and post online. With the CRTC announcing that it will regulate podcasts and streaming services, Canadians want answers from the CRTC and the Liberal Heritage Minister.
Instead, the government ducked accountability again. Just as the Liberal/NDP Coalition rammed their censorship bill through Parliament, ignoring the concerns of Canadian viewers and Canadian content creators, they are now charging ahead with their plan to impose control over the podcasts that people listen to.
Canadians deserve a choice when it comes to what they see and hear online, and they deserve to make their choices free from Liberal interference.
My Conservative colleagues and I will continue to defend free expression and a free and open internet as we continue to fight back against the censorship agenda of this Liberal-NDP government.