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Liberals to push through Internet censorship law

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault complained Thursday the bill has “been stuck in committee for weeks” and must pass before Parliament takes summer adjournment for Québec’s Saint Jean Baptiste Day, June 24.

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The Liberals are taking steps to end a Conservative filibuster on their controversial bill to start censoring the Internet, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault complained Thursday the bill has “been stuck in committee for weeks” and must pass before Parliament takes summer adjournment for Québec’s Saint Jean Baptiste Day, June 24.

“I will confess to you it has been challenging in the House of Commons,” said Guilbeault.

“I have another bill that’s been stuck in committee for weeks where there is absolutely no progress whatsoever that’s being made because of one party deciding they don’t want this to happen.”

“We are a minority government. It is more challenging to move legislation through the House of Commons in this context.”

Bill C-10 would give the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission new powers to regulate privately-viewed YouTube videos as public broadcasts. Conservative MPs and critics, including a former CRTC chair and vice-chair, have opposed the bill as a regulation of free expression on the Internet.

Guilbeault served notice of a motion Thursday evening to “propose at the next sitting a motion to allot a specific number of days or hours” of further consideration of the bill.

The measure must pass “as quickly as possible,” Guilbeault said in a statement.

“It will finally put an end to six weeks of systematic obstruction of the bill by the Conservative Party.”

MPs have acknowledged filibustering the bill after cabinet removed a clause to specifically exclude YouTube users’ uploaded content from federal regulation.

“It is a disaster, this bill,” Conservative MP Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon-Grasswood), told a Monday hearing of the Commons Heritage Committee.

“It may pass the House of Commons, but it is not going to pass the Senate. There is no time in three and-a-half weeks.”

Even New Democrat supporters of the bill said the legislation will likely become mired in litigation even if it is passed into law.

“We know if a solution is not found to protect freedom of expression this law will not go forward,” New Democrat MP Heather McPherson (Edmonton Strathcona) told a May 14 hearing.

”It will go to court. It will not be enforced for years.

“Mishandling of the bill has put all of us in this committee in a very difficult situation. Many Canadians are concerned about the government wanting to regulate the content they upload on social media.”

Guilbeault on April 29 said only “the most extremist elements” opposed Bill C-10. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 5 described critics as “tinfoil hats.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Mars Hill

    June 4, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    The ccp and technocrats are calling the shots in Canada, this bill I suspect is not what it even appears, the goal is to choke out competitors to fakebook google, twatter etc, these psychopaths are all in the same satanic bed with the liberals and commies – bring on the Military and start the tribunals.

  2. Gord

    June 4, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Stories like this should have thousands of comments, Western Standard is a fake conservative free thinking website, that’s my suspicion.

  3. Stew James

    June 4, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    This filthy little communist deserves to be behind bars, with the rest of the communist liberals. Freedom of speech is a fundamental right within our constitution. They have no right to make changes to suit their narrative. If they feel threatened or maligned, maybe they should have chosen a different profession, or maybe better yet do their fucking job right and do what’s best for all Canadians, not just what the communist liberals want!

    The people of this country need too stand up and take back our country before it’s too late! What is happening here is exactly the same model as Hitler used in the run up to the second word war! Control speech, collect all firearms, lockdowns (in the name of a pandemic), another name for control, the stifling of the constitution! The buying of state media,CBC, CTV global, and so on to jam their wants on us the people!

    Fight if we must but this group of political sycophants can’t be allowed to continue!

    My family members that fought and died for this country would be rolling in their graves as to what’s happening here in this country today!

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Kenney says leadership review now would be ‘grossly irresponsible’

When asked at a Tuesday press conference by the Toronto Star about the Mullan letter, Kenney responded there has been opposition to his health care policy “since Day 1.”

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney last night rejected any calls for an immediate leadership review of him as “grossly irresponsible.”

Kenney has been under withering attacks for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis in Alberta, which led to the “resignation” Tuesday of Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

A UCP caucus meeting is set for Wednesday and Kenney’s leadership is expected to be the main point of discussion.

Dozens of grassroots UCP constituency associations have joined forces to call for an early leadership review of Kenney. The party currently has one scheduled in late 2022, only six months before the next provincial election.

UCP VP of policy Joel Mullan wrote an open letter in the Western Standard Tuesday called for Kenney to go immediately.

When asked at a Tuesday press conference by the Toronto Star about the Mullan letter, Kenney responded there has been opposition to his health care policy “since Day 1.”

“My responsibility is to look at the reality — not wish it away — and take the necessary steps to protect the health care system,” Kenney said.

“Let’s deal with those things at the right time, after this crisis.”

Kenney was asked if the internal turmoil within the UCP was what led to the resignation of Shandro.

“I am focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID, not politics,” Kenney said.

“We have to protect the health care system to prevent needless deaths — we will not allow politics to distract us.”

Kenney said he knew when he brought in the fourth wave of COVID-19 lockdowns last week and flip-flopped on his promise not to bring in vaccine passports there would be internal grumblings.

He said the COVID-19 cabinet committee has had 12 hours of “respectful” meeting time with the full UCP caucus.

Kenney pointed out the People’s Party of Canada, which ran on an anti-vaccination platform, took 8% of the vote in Alberta in the federal election.

“Let me be blunt, those people likely voted for me in the last provincial election,” Kenney said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Kenney said shuffle was ‘time for a fresh start’

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 29 Albertans died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, including people who had been doubled-vaxxed, but included many people who hadn’t received any vaccinations at all.

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Tyler Shandro wasn’t fired as health minister, he resigned, says Premier Jason Kenney.

Answering questions after Tuesday’s cabinet shuffle, Kenney said he accepted the resignation from Shandro from the health portfolio.

“Tyler’s dedication to the job has never been questioned. He brought his heart to the job,” Kenney said.

“It’s time for a fresh start.”

Kenney denied the shuffle was done to appease critics in the UCP caucus clamouring for action.

“We are focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID-19, not politics,” said Kenney.

Kenney promoted Labour Minister Jason Copping to health and put Shandro in his old portfolio in labour.

Kenney said bringing in vaccine passports has had a dramatic effect on the number of people getting vaccinated.

A total of 23,000 people were vaccinated on Monday with 78,000 jabs being given out in the last few days.

A total of 81.4% of people have received at least one vaccine with 72.8% having two jabs.

Since they were made available on Sunday, more than two million Albertans printed out their vaccination passports, Kenney said.

He said Alberta Health Services has expanded the number of ICU beds in the province to 337.

Copping said he was honoured to be named health minister in this “pivotal time.”

He said he has three goals: to increase hospital capacities permanently, educate the unvaccinated on why they should get jabs and to prepare the hospital system for any future waves of COVID.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 29 Albertans had died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, including people who had been doubled-vaxxed, but included many people who hadn’t received any vaccinations at all.

She said the province had identified 1,500 new cases in the last day from 13,600 tests for an 11.1% positivity rate.

There are 996 people in hospital as of September 21 with COVID, and 222 in ICU.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Jean thinking about Fort Mac by-election run

On Tuesday, Jean posted a picture of himself speaking on a mic with a graphic of the riding.

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Former Wildrose leader Brian Jean is musing whether or not to run in a by-election in Fort McMurray.

On Tuesday, Jean posted a picture of himself speaking on a mike with a graphic of the riding behind him.

“There is a byelection coming soon in my old riding in Fort McMurray. Should I run?” he asks Facebook followers.

“Let me know in the comments. Sign up on my webpage for updates.”

The riding was left vacate recently when UCP MLA Laila Goodridge resigned to run for the federal Conservatives. She easily won the riding capturing 67% of the vote.

Jean was the leader of the original Wildrose and was leader of the Opposition from 2015 to 2017.

He ran for the leadership of the UCP, but lost the race to Jason Kenney.

Jean has been increasingly slamming Kenney from the sidelines over his handling of numerous issues.

He called on Kenney to resign after his infamous Sky Palace dinner.

Jean, called on Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to resign in the wake of the Sky Palace Scandal.

“FOR THE GOOD OF THE UCP, FOR THE GOOD OF ALBERTA, IT IS TIME FOR JASON KENNEY TO RESIGN,” Jean wrote in capital letters on his Facebook page.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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