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e-3393 (Media and telecommunications)

Initiated by Krystal Mann from Tilbury, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Bill C-10 unjustly infringes citizens’ right to freedom of expression outlined in Section 2(b) of The Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
  • The speech that Canadians engage in on digital platforms is crucial to their conveying their basic individual expressions;
  • The Charter protects the rights of the audience and the expresser from unjust censorship;
  • Bill C-10 poses a threat to the foundation and principles of Canada’s democracy;
  • The removal of section 4.1 renders Bill C-10’s original Charter statement put forth by the Justice Minister null and void;
  • Bill C-10 provides the CRTC with the authority to control and regulate user-generated content on digital platforms that Canadians use every day, to censor what Canadians post and see on social media and the Internet, as well as sweeping powers over how Canadians communicate or express themselves online;
  • Bill C-10 provides the CRTC with the power to silence and oppress marginalized groups online; and
  • The federal government has failed to protect the citizens of Canada’s Charter rights and their democracy by furthering legislation that permits the CRTC to control the marketplace of ideas and censor user-generated content.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to reform Bill C-10’s recent transformational edits that provide the CRTC with authority to censor, control, as well as regulate user-generated content online by reinstating explicit protections to ordinary internet users, in turn protecting the Charter right of Canadians to free expression and democracy itself.
Open for signature
May 11, 2021, at 9:58 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 10, 2021, at 9:58 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Dave Epp (Chatham-Kent—Leamington)
June 16, 2021 (Petition No. 432-01121)
Photo - Dave Epp
Conservative Caucus