Dear Ms. Kirk, Mr. Gagel, and Mr. Bidgood:
On behalf of the Hon. Erin O’Toole, thank you for your correspondence regarding Bill C-10,An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act, and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. We have noted your concerns regarding clause 4.1(1).
Your concerns have been carefully noted. A copy of your correspondence has been forwarded to the Official Opposition Shadow Minister for Canadian Heritage, Official Languages & Quebec Economic Development, Mr. Alain Rayes, for his review and consideration.
Bill C-10 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 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.
Conservatives support creating a level playing field between large foreign streaming services and Canadian broadcasters, but not at the cost of Canadians’ fundamental rights and freedoms. This is why, on May 13, Mr. O’Toole called on the government to withdraw Bill C-10.
Once again, thank you for taking the time to write.
Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition
cc Alain Rayes, M.P., Official Opposition Shadow Minister for Canadian Heritage, Official Languages & Quebec Economic Development