If true, it’s a disturbing move by the government.
*Update* – some have raised questions about the legitimacy of the Buffalo Chronicle, from which the initial claims in the report below originate. This article in Canadaland details some of those concerns, and is worth reading:
Notably, while there are serious doubts about the Buffalo Chronicle, the idea that the Liberals are pressuring Google and Social media was in fact confirmed in the Hill Times in February:
“Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould says the federal government is “putting pressure” on social media giants to “act responsibly””
So, while the Buffalo Chronicle report may be questionable, the idea that the Liberals are pressuring social media companies is clear for all to see, and we simply can’t trust this dishonest government to be ‘impartial’ about this when their own electoral interests are at stake.
Previous updates below:
A deeply disturbing report claims that the Trudeau government tried pressuring Google to censor criticism of the government, in what is clearly an anti-free speech, anti-freedom authoritarian move.
Here’s an excerpt of the report:
“In the days approaching former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould‘s testimony to the House of Commons’ Justice Committee on February 27, at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s behest, Karina Gould, the Minister of Democratic Institutions, reached out to social media giant Google to pressure the firm to curtail political criticism of the Trudeau government on its platform.
Gould placed a call to a senior government relations executive at Google, during which she complained about ‘hate speech’ and ‘toxic rhetoric’, referring multiple times to specific criticisms of the Trudeau government that she found objectionable. She then threatened sweeping regulations that would require unprecedented disclosures of advertising sponsors.”
If true, this is unacceptable, and it’s exactly as I predicted when the Trudeau Liberals announced efforts to fight ‘election interference.’
Instead of taking steps to stop foreign money from being used to campaign against Canada’s energy industry, the Trudeau Liberals (as noted in multiple previous news reports) are trying to silence dissent, and use government power to damage free speech.
That cannot be allowed. All Canadians must stand up for free expression, or else our democracy will be lost.
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