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View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, Canadians are still concerned about the Liberal plan to set up a panel that censors media content.
Although the Liberals deny it, the plan clearly recommends that the government have the power to penalize media that it does not trust.
Twitter, Facebook and Reddit could all be subject to government censorship of their online content.
Will the Prime Minister promise not to implement the recommendations that seek to censor the Internet?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, that is a very narrow rejection of just one recommendation. There are multiple recommendations in this report that propose codes of conduct, regulations and fines for other types of media content and other types of platform.
Could the Prime Minister expand beyond this narrow rejection of just the question of licensing? It goes beyond that to other forms of codes of conduct, other aspects of this report that would restrict free speech.
Will the minister reject all those recommendations?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, the fact that he cannot go beyond that one narrow rejection and talk about the other forms of restrictions on free speech is very telling. We are not just talking about the independence of the press. We are talking about every single Canadian's right to free speech.
This report is also proposing codes of conduct and letting government determine “trusted content”. When the Minister of Canadian Heritage cannot even be trusted to get his answers straight, why would Canadians want him to tell them which sites can be trusted?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Prime Minister said something in the House that simply was not true. He said that in the TMX case, the court had ruled that free, prior and informed consent did not constitute a veto. It did no such thing. The court ruled that the duty to consult did not grant a veto.
A United Nations declaration that the Liberal government is planning on proposing will in fact require free, prior and informed consent and will give one group that does not want to proceed with a project an effective veto.
Will the Liberals abandon their plans to implement this UN resolution?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, the court ruling was very clear. The dozens and dozens of first nations communities that supported this project have a right to see it proceed. It is the government's plan to implement a United Nations resolution that would require free, prior and informed consent from every single group.
Could the minister explain what happens if one of those communities withholds its consent?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, according to the original TMX plan, a private company was going to use investors' money to build it. It would have already been operational this past December and the government would be making money on tolls and taxes, not losing money due to delay.
Yesterday, the finance minister was asked whether all obstacles had been removed from the construction of TMX and he could not answer the question. Therefore, can the Prime Minister guarantee an in-service date for Trans Mountain?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, Liberals are not doing it the right way; they are doing it the wrong way.
Instead of passing emergency legislation to deal with the court ruling, they decided to restudy the same issues, but just with a different government department. They then waited over a month to restart indigenous consultations. The court did say yesterday that project opponents “cannot tactically use the consultation process as a means to try to veto” a project. That is good news. However, the Prime Minister has promised to use a United Nations declaration to create a new threshold requiring free, prior and informed consent.
How does the Prime Minister expect any new projects to get built under that regime?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, it is the Prime Minister who has failed to get TMX started over a year after it was supposed to have already been under way.
There are dozens of first nations communities that supported northern gateway, there are dozens that support Trans Mountain and there are dozens that support Frontier mine. The courts have ruled that no one community has a veto over projects, but the Prime Minister is using a United Nations declaration to create a new threshold of free, prior and informed consent.
Does the Prime Minister not realize that granting a veto power that does not currently exist will stop any project from being built in the future?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, it is the current law that states that; his new law will undermine that.
There was strong backlash to the Prime Minister's plan requiring the media to obtain licences and be subject to penalties if they did not comply. This is about more than just freedom of the press. The author of these recommendations even suggested that all media content be regulated.
Will the Prime Minister confirm that he will reject the entire report?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, this is not just a question of the independence of the press. This report goes far beyond requiring licences for news organizations. This is from the same Liberal government that rigged election advertising rules to prevent opposition parties from advertising, while they were running around the country making government announcements. This is from the same government that put Jerry Dias in charge of a fund to bail out media companies.
These new recommendations would be the biggest threat to freedom of speech in a generation. This report calls for the CRTC to “impose codes of conduct...regarding all media content undertakings”, not just news organizations.
Will the Prime Minister reject this report in its entirety?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, we are all too familiar with the sordid details of Marylène Levesque's murder. Canadians are shocked that the government encouraged a murderer to seek sexual services. We need to shed light on this situation, but bureaucrats investigating other bureaucrats is not good enough.
Will the Prime Minister commit to supporting our motion and enabling the public safety and national security committee to investigate?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, what actually happened is that a violent murderer was encouraged to seek the services of a sex worker. That is unacceptable, and a parliamentary committee has the right and the obligation to do its work to find out what happened. Marylène Levesque did not deserve to die because of someone's decision like this.
Today, the Minister of Justice introduced a bill to require new sexual assault training for judges, but it is silent on training for members of the Parole Board.
Given recent events, will the government expand this training to ensure Parole Board members and parole officers receive similar training?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, we are encouraged that the Liberals have decided to adopt our bill. Given his comments, we look forward to amendments that could be moved at committee to ensure the training is expanded.
However, the fact remains that Marylène Levesque was murdered because of decisions made by people involved in approving release plans.
Therefore, I have a simple question. Are the people who approved a release plan that included a violent murderer getting services from a sex worker still hearing cases today?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Canadian Heritage proposed the creation of new regulations for the media and the way news is disseminated online. He went as far as to say that the government was going to define what sources of information are trustworthy and issue licences to the media. When faced with the public's outrage, the minister only created more confusion.
Can the Prime Minister confirm that these ideas will never see the light of day on his watch?
View Andrew Scheer Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Speaker, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four was supposed to be a cautionary tale about the evils of big government, not an instruction manual for the Prime Minister.
It is no wonder that Canadians are suspicious about this. This is the same Prime Minister who has admiration for China's basic dictatorship; the same Prime Minister who heaped praise on Fidel Castro, a man who was responsible for the deaths of millions; and of course, he put Jerry Dias on a panel to decide which news organizations will get cash.
In today's press conference, the minister actually said that media organizations—
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