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Canada's Heritage Minister says free speech online 'undermines democracy'

Canada's Heritage Minister says free speech online 'undermines democracy' | 17 July 2021 | Offensive remarks on social media are legal, but Canada's Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault says they "undermine democracy." The government is promoting the internet censorship bill C-36, which seeks to obligate social media platforms to mass censor. In a briefing, reviewed by Blacklock's Reporter, the Heritage Ministry argued for censorship of offensive Twitter messages because he says they prevent "a truly democratic debate." Under Canada's Criminal Code, so-called "hate speech" (open to interpretation) is a crime. What Bill C-36 does is make hate speech illegal even when there is no evidence of a crime.