News Analysis May 6, 2021 4:07 PM EST

GASLIGHTING: Trudeau accuses Canadians concerned with internet censorship of wearing 'tin foil hats'

"The tinfoil hats on the other side of the aisle are really quite spectacular," Trudeau said on Wednesday.

GASLIGHTING: Trudeau accuses Canadians concerned with internet censorship of wearing 'tin foil hats'
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dismissed criticism of Bill C-10 on Wednesday, calling Conservatives "tinfoil hat" wearers for even mentioning the potential for government overreach.

The moment came after Conservative MP Michael Barrett asked Trudeau how long it would be before every aspect of Canadians' lives conformed to the "Liberal vision of Canadian society," according to Blacklock's Reporter.

"The tinfoil hats on the other side of the aisle are really quite spectacular," Trudeau responded.

The bill, spearheaded by Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, has drawn criticism from the Conservatives, who have said they would not support the amendment or any compromise, as well as a spokesperson from YouTube, who according to the National Post said:

"Like many, we were surprised to see the Heritage Committee extend Bill C-10 to include social media and user-upload services and apps. This potentially extends CRTC regulation to all audio and audio-visual content on the internet, which has profound implications for not just social media, but virtually all websites, podcasting, online hosting and much more."

In a statement provided to the National Post, Peter Menzies, who is the former commissioner of the CRTC, said that this legislation was a "full-blown assault" on free expression and "the foundations of democracy."

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