Further Email Responses to BCLTA: Listed in order received

May 19, 2021

Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Good Afternoon Ms. Kirk, 

I acknowledge receipt of your letter to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the topic of Bill-C10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts. It will be translated and distributed to committee members.  

Kind regards,

Aimée Belmore
Committee Clerk / Greffière de Comité
Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage / Comité permanent du patrimoine canadienHouse of Commons / Chambre des communes 

131 Queen Street, Room 6-35 / rue, Queen, pièce 6-35
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Tel. / Tél. : +1 613-947-6729

May 19, 2021

Todd Doherty Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George

Dear Ms. Schembri,  

Thank you for sharing with our office the BC Library Trustees Association’s letter to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, expressing your concerns on the government’s Bill C-10.   It has been brought to MP Todd Doherty’s attention.   

Social media has rapidly become the platform for this purpose, from cellphone videos of interactions with police to social media posts by survivors of sexual assault and harassment leading to the #MeToo movement. In a society that values freedom of speech and expression, Bill C-10 leaves the door open for a massive abuse of power on the rights of Canadians.   

Canada’s Conservatives support creating a level playing field between large foreign streaming services and Canadian broadcasters and championing Canadian arts and culture. A Conservative government would do so without compromising Canadians’ fundamental rights and freedoms.  As such, Conservatives are calling on Justin Trudeau to withdraw Bill C-10. If this is not done, a Conservative government will stand up for Canadians and repeal this deeply flawed legislation.  

We would also like to share with you the statement issued by Conservative MPs Rachael Harder and Alain Rayes, calling on the Liberals to ensure the protection of Canadians online.  

Mohan Samarasinghe 

Executive Assistant Office of Todd Doherty Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George Special Advisor to the Leader on Mental Health and Wellness Office: (613) 995-6704 Cell: (613) 797-4814 E-mail : Todd.Doherty@parl.gc.ca

May 19, 2021

Cathy McLeod, MPKamloops-Thompson-Cariboo

Dear Jerrilyn, 

Thank you for your letter. Unfortunately the Bloc Quebecois have agreed to support the Liberals on Bill C-10. As a result, it will be very tough to stop it. Having said that, I would expect that there would be many court challenges. 

While the NDP and the Bloc may look the other way on the freedom of expression, we will not. If elected, a Conservative government will stand up for Canadians and repeal this deeply flawed legislation. 

Stay safe, 

Cathy McLeod, MPKamloops-Thompson-Cariboo

May 19, 2021

Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Member of Parliament for South Surrey-White Rock

Dear Mike and Board Members,

On behalf of Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Member of Parliament for South Surrey-White Rock, I would like to acknowledge receipt of your e-mail and thank you for taking the time to share your concerns with her on this important issue.  

Please be assured that your correspondence has been brought to Kerry-Lynne’s attention and that your views and suggestions are being carefully considered.  In order to ease communication, it would be greatly appreciated if you could send me your residential address, telephone, and mobile number. If you have recently confirmed your contact information for us, you can ignore this request. 

Conservatives support creating a level playing field between large foreign streaming services and Canadian broadcasters while protecting the individual rights and freedoms of Canadians. Unfortunately, what the Liberals have proposed is a clear attack on those rights and freedoms. 

We are concerned that this legislation gives sweeping power to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to regulate the internet, including individual users, with no clear guidelines for how that power will be used. 

In committee, the Liberals chose to remove the clause that would have protected content posted by individuals. This will allow your content to be regulated and removed by CRTC without just cause. 

In MP Findlay’s opinion, this is a clear violation of our freedom of expression rights under the Charter. She recently spoke in the House on this issue. You can view that here. She and her Conservative colleagues will continue to stand up for the freedoms of Canadians who post their content online and oppose C-10 at every stage of the legislative process. 

Thank you again for contacting this office.  

Francesca Desaulniers 
Executive Assistant 

May 19, 2021

Office of Rob Morrison, Member of Parliament 
Kootenay Columbia 

Good afternoon Mike,

Thank you for reaching out with your concern for Bill C-10.  

Bill C-10, an Act to amend the Broadcasting Act is currently being debated and amended in the House Committee on Canadian Heritage. On April 23rd, 2021, the government voted against the section of their own Bill that would have at least partially exempted individual users who upload videos to social media sites like YouTube and Facebook from CRTC regulation under the Bill. This is another unacceptable attempt by the government to target the freedoms of individual internet users in Canada. Please see the full Bill here: https://parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/43-2/bill/C-10/first-reading

MP Morrison does support creating a level playing field between large foreign streaming services and Canadian broadcasters. However, he believes strongly  that we must ensure the protection of the individual rights and freedoms of Canadians. In its current form, MP Morrison will not vote for this Bill. 

Warm regards, 

Sarah Turk 
Constituency Assistant
Office of Rob Morrison, Member of Parliament 
Kootenay Columbia 
National Security and Intelligence Committee 
800C Baker St., Cranbrook, BC V1C 1A2 
Tel: (250) 417-2250 Toll Free: (800) 668-5522 
E-mail: sarah.turk@parl.gc.ca 

May 21, 2021

Elizabeth May, MP

Thank you for sharing your concerns about Bill C-10.

Bill C-10 was introduced by the government to modernize the Broadcasting Act. Among other updates, it would bring online broadcasting platforms, such as Netflix, under the same broadcasting rules as traditional broadcasters.  

An update to the Broadcasting Act is long overdue, but Bill C-10 is flawed. The government has not made it clear enough to Canadians that their charter rights to freedom of speech will be upheld.

I share many of the concerns that have been raised about the bill. My fellow Green MP Paul Manly (Nanaimo – Ladysmith) brought forward 27 amendments to try to fix the issues with the bill. To-date, over 120 amendments have been brought forward from all political parties.

I was surprised that the Canadian Heritage Committee voted to remove clause 3 from the bill, which would have excluded the content posted on social media by Canadians from potential regulation. There were no objections to removing this clause and none of the political parties with voting seats on the committee requested a recorded vote to put any opposition on record.

The Green Party does not have a voting seat at committee. However, Paul Manly brought forward an amendment that would have fixed the issue by clarifying that social media platforms should be regulated as broadcasters when they are acting like broadcasters (for example, if YouTube was producing its own content for Canadians to watch, the way Netflix does). His amendment would not have opened up any possibility of regulating social media users or the content they upload. Unfortunately, the Liberal, Conservative, and Bloc MPs voted his amendment down.  

It’s important to note that Bill C-10 has not been finalized. There are still dozens of amendments to consider, and the bill could still change. The Canadian Heritage Committee is only halfway through its consideration of the bill and more amendments can be brought forward at the next stage of the legislative process.

Thanks again for writing.


Elizabeth May, O.C.
Member of Parliament
Saanich – Gulf Islands
Caucus Parliamentary Leader

May 31, 2021

Jenny Kwan, MP

Dear Jerrilyn, Thanks very much for sending this letter to Jenny’s attention.

Best regards, Lisa

Lisa MacLeod

Member’s Assistant | Adjointe de la députéeOffice of Jenny Kwan, MP | Vancouver EastBureau de Jenny Kwan, Députée | Vancouver-EstNDP | NPD

June 2, 2021

Gord Johns, M.P. Courtenay-Alberni

Dear Mike, 
Thank you for contacting us regarding the changes to the Broadcasting Act. Bill C-10 is flawed and is causing too much concern among many Canadians who fear C-10 will infringe on freedom of speech. The NDP has always defended the fundamental principle of free speech and continues to do so as we work to improve this bill.  New Democrats want to see a bill that supports and encourages Canadian content, holds web giants accountable and ensures they pay their fair share, and protects the freedoms that people across Canada currently enjoy. 

Many of us are increasingly concerned about the power of the web giants. I am alarmed by the fact that they do not play by the same rules as Canadian companies and don’t pay their fair share. The CRTC has never regulated online platforms that compete unfairly with our local businesses. As a result of this unfair competition, our cultural businesses have less revenue and thousands of workers are left in precarious situations.  C-10 has the potential to re-establish a level playing field between the web giants and our local companies who contribute to the flourishing of our media and cultural industries and who do abide by the CRTC’s rules.

The NDP is fighting to close loopholes that these large corporations take advantage of. Furthermore, we will be pressing the Liberals to ensure that CRTC regulations are fair while protecting the fundamental principles of free speech. We will always stand up for freedom of expression and we will ensure that this bill moves forward without loopholes classifying individual users of social media services as broadcasters. There are over 100 proposed amendments to Bill C-10. Until there is a final bill in front of the NDP that holds the web giants to account while assuring Canadians of their freedom of speech, we will not commit to support the bill. 

Sincerely,  Gord Johns, M.P. Courtenay-Alberni

 June 2, 2021
Office of Paul Manly

Dear Jerrilyn,  

My name is Irene and I am Paul Manly’s Legislative Assistant. Thank you for sharing your letter with Paul. As you may have seen, Paul has been actively involved in putting forward amendments to bill C-10 and he has more amendments still to bring forward to committee.  I will pass along your letter to Paul so he is aware of your position. 

Best regards,Irene 

Irene Brueckner-Irwin (she/her/elle)

Legislative Assistant | Adjointe LégislativeOffice of Paul Manly, M.P. | Bureau de Paul Manly, député

irene.brueckner-irwin.818@parl.gc.ca | t : 613-992-5243 | c : 613-795-4472 I work on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe territory.Je travail sur le territoire Algonquin anishinaabe non cédé.

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