Bill C-10 would not infringe on rights of social media users, says new Charter analysis
|Toronto Star 13 May 2021 at 13:14|
The government’s controversial Bill C-10 won’t infringe on the Charter rights of social media users in its current form, according to a new Charter analysis done by the Department of Justice.
The new analysis was demanded by the heritage committee this week after an uproar when MPs who sit on it removed a section that exempted user generated content on social media from being regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
Legal experts and opposition MPs sounded the alarm on the bill, saying that people’s freedom of expression could be impacted.
The new Charter analysis includes all proposed amendments to Bill C-10.
“The effect of the proposed removal of clause three is that an online undertaking that provides a social media service could be subject to regulation under the Act in respect of the programs uploaded by its unaffiliated users,” reads a copy obtained by the Star.
“However, (a clause, Section 2.1, that exempts individuals from being regulated) remains. This means that unaffiliated users of social media services would not be subject to broadcasting regulation in respect of the programs they post.”
All work on Bill C-10, the long-awaited update to Canada’s Broadcasting Act, which hasn’t been changed since 1991, was put on hold earlier this week so the revised Charter statement could be done up.
The committee is also expecting to hear from Justice Minister David Lametti and Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault in the coming days.