Canadians need at least one major party that is pushing back against government efforts to centralized information and control.
In recent weeks, the Conservative Party has been undertaking a clear and seemingly desperate campaign to ensure they can’t be branded as ‘far-right’ by the Liberal (who will probably call them far-right no matter what).
This has given the Liberals strong control over the narrative, serving the Liberals interests in trying to distract from the increasingly disastrous vaccine rollout (or lack thereof) in this country.
And now, with the Liberals set to introduce legislation that is going to expand centralized government control over social media regulation – likely creating a new federal bureaucracy – it remains to be seen what the Conservatives will do.
The Liberals are of course branding this as being about ‘fighting hate,’ but there are already laws on the books that make hate speech illegal.
What the Liberals are really doing is trying to exploit this present moment in order to expand their power, and put in place a system that can restrict free expression online. Governments are increasingly disturbed at their inability to control what people say and think, a stark contrast to the power they had when there were just a few big media players.
Now, everyone has a voice, and those in power are seeking to turn the clock back to a time when most of us were unable to be heard.
If the Conservatives go along with that, many Canadians are going to understandably feel that the entire political class is abandoning the principle of free expression, and the party base will be outraged.
Many Conservative MPs are – as individuals – strong defenders of free speech, but it remains to be seen if the party leadership pressures people into abandoning their principles for what they perceive as short-term political benefit.
Now is a time for courage, not fear-based political correctness.
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