Jokes will be banned on the Internet if the Liberals get what they want, says the Canadian chapter of the Internet Society.
The Blacklock Reporter said the group asked Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault to drop his censorship bill.
“The regime as a whole is aimed at suppressing speech and cannot be justified in a free and democratic society,” said the Society, whose members include a former federal judge.
“This is completely false,” the company wrote in a submission to the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Cabinet said if re-elected it would introduce Bill C-36 An Act to amend the Criminal Code which expired in the last legislature.
The bill’s provisions “are designed to chill talk” and would impose a “censorship regime” on Canadian internet users, the company said.
“The censorship regime is designed to promote censorship over freedom of expression,” he said.
In 1970, Parliament banned hate speech under the Criminal Code, but Bill C-36 would extend the prohibition to legal content “likely to promote the detestation or defamation of an individual or group” under threat of a fine of $ 70,000 or house arrest.
The Justice Department said on June 23 that the measures “will apply to the public communications of individual users across the Internet, including social media, personal websites and mass email,” blog posts, online news sites, “website operators that primarily publish their own content” and user comment sections.
“The proposed legislative scheme violates the guarantees of freedom of expression enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms with respect to legal expression,” the Internet Society wrote.
“The Charter protects not only the rights of expression of Canadians, but also the right of Canadians to access the expression of others.
Members of the Company’s board of directors include Konrad von Finckenstein, former federal judge and former chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, former CRTC commissioner Tim Denton, three business lawyers, a former treasurer of the Canadian Media Guild and former director of the Canadian Internet Records Authority.
The Company called Bill C-36 a “completely unprecedented” measure.
“Some humility is needed when Canada attempts to take on the role of policing harmful speech everywhere in the name of protecting the sensibilities of Canadians,” he wrote.
“The project is unworthy of being examined by Parliament. Its implementation would reduce the rights of Canadians while failing to meet its objective of protecting Canadians from the harms of the Internet. The proposal should be withdrawn.