STATEMENT: Bill C-10 an affront to fundamental freedoms

April 28, 2021

EDMONTON, AB – Matt Jeneroux, the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Riverbend, issued the following statement about Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts:

“The proposed changes under Bill C-10 are an infringement on freedom of speech and a complete affront to fundamental freedoms that are at the core of a free and fair society. While I support creating a level playing field between large foreign streaming services and Canadian broadcasters while protecting the individual rights and freedoms of Canadians, this bill is an unacceptable attempt to target the freedoms of individual Internet users in Canada.

“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. The government rejected an exemption to individual users who upload videos to social media sites and went further by promising to introduce a new amendment to regulate apps.

“This bill targets ordinary Canadians, which is unacceptable in a society that values its freedom. I will stand up for the freedom of Canadians who post their content online and oppose Bill C-10 at every stage of the legislative process.”