"Tonight, Justin Trudeau’s Fake 'Independent' Senate passed the awful Bill #C11. Now, it returns to the #HoC," wrote Conservative Sen. Denis Batters on Twitter.
"Only 3 Trudeau-appointed senators voted NO. From #Sask, only Sen. Wallin + I voted NO. Zero Alberta senators voted NO," she lamented.
The bill passed with 43 "yeas" and only 15 "nays."
The Online Streaming Act failed to pass the Senate in 2021 after being accepted by the House of Commons, was reintroduced with amendments in February 2022, passed the House again June, and now after finally passing the Senate this week with even newer amendments will be heading back to the lower house.
The text of the bill describes the plan by Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party to increase the government's ability to censor controversial and unpopular speech on the internet, stating that the legislation would "specify that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission… must regulate and supervise the Canadian broadcasting system."
In a statement to The Post Millennial, John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms said the purported goal of the OSA is not particularly controversial: to bring major streaming companies like Netflix, Disney, and Spotify under the authority of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
"But under the OSA, the CRTC's new authority will not be limited to these large entertainment giants," Carpay said. "Rather, the OSA will empower the CRTC to assume jurisdiction via regulation over any 'program' (audio or audiovisual online content) that is 'monetizable' because it 'directly or indirectly generates revenues.'"
According to the freedom activist, the Liberal's bill would give the CRTC power to regulate any online streaming service they wanted, including that of private citizens.
"In the long run, the CRTC could end up regulating much of the content posted on major social media, even where the content is generated or uploaded by religious, political, and charitable non-profits," Carpay explained.
Critics of the censorship bill have likened it to the policies of authoritarian states like Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union.
"Wake up Canada, Trudeau's Senate passed Bill C-11 today…aka…internet censorship…which is anything that opposes their 'narrative.' Stalin and Hitler did the same," Canadian social media commentator Liz Churchill wrote.
Former NHL player and Olympic gold medalist Theo Fleury also chimed in, writing, "The Canadian conversion to communism took another huge step with Bill C-11 getting passed today."
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