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Trudeau’s summer of hate and pride

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CANADA’S puerile Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced another step on that country’s road to Utopia. Last month’s ‘Pride’ celebration was so successful that it is to be extended for the entire summer, henceforth to be called ‘Pride Season’.

The official government ‘Canadian Heritage’ website announced the change promising that LGBTI+ ‘events and narratives’ will now be promoted every year from June until the end of September.

‘Pride Season is a unifying term that refers to the period between June and September when LGBTQ2 communities and allies come together at different times throughout the summer to spotlight the resilience, talent, and contributions of LGBTQ2 communities in many Canadian cities.’

Critics suggest that ‘Pride’ has been hijacked by a combination of exhibitionists and cynical corporations pushing LGBT rhetoric for advertising and marketing purposes. They think it has become an indulgent platform for demented fringe activists at war with one and other, everyone else, and with biological reality. 

Over the years, any carnival ethos that existed in Pride events has been overtaken by the carnal. ‘Ordinary’ people are increasingly resentful of its flagrant public displays of debauchery and may not entirely welcome whole summers of it. 

The Canadian government, however, is clearly a big supporter and sees it as integral to its drive to reshape society and deliver ‘The Great Reset’. It has undertaken no public consultation on Pride extension; it has made up its mind to simply add it to its panoply of expensive woke policies.

Trudeau’s programme includes monitoring and controlling the internet and social media in line with accepted mores. The Canadian House of Commons has just passed an internet regulation bill to force websites, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to remove content the state deems ‘harmful’ within 24 hours, and commit producers such as Netflix to carry more ‘Canadian content’ in an all-out war on free speech. 

Bill C-10, ‘An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act,’ passed through the house with the full support of Liberal, NDP, and Bloc Québécois MPs. The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) and two Independents voted against. 

The Bill will allow the state Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to oversee internet and social media activity in the same manner as legacy broadcasting services. The move has drawn criticism for its apparent targeting of user-generated content on social media platforms.

Rachael Harder, a CPC MP, said that ‘to put the CRTC in control of such a thing is not only daunting for them, by their own admission, but crazy.’ She went on, ‘The Internet is this incredible place that is limitless. So, you don’t actually need the CRTC to step in and pick winners and losers, show favouritism to some and harm others . . .  what’s going on here . . . is the extreme censorship of material posted online, and therefore an attack on the concept of net neutrality.’ 

Peter Menzies, former head of the regulator said, ‘Putting the CRTC in charge of the entire internet is like putting a logging company in charge of the Great Bear Rainforest . . . it’s not going to end well.’ 

The original draft of Bill C-10 included an exemption for ‘user content’ posted on social media, meaning that individual posts would have fallen outside CRTC regulations. However, a more recent amendment removed the provision, giving the federal government full authority to regulate what people post online.

The passing of Bill C-10 was not the only new gun in Trudeau’s woke armoury, as TCW’s Campbell Campbell-Jack has reported. It was followed a few days later, on the last day before Canada’s House of Commons left for summer break, by a new ‘hate speech’ Bill, described as an ‘incredibly dangerous attack on free speech.’ 

One of the basic rules for the drafting of legislation is that language should be precise. The definition of ‘hate’ in Bill C-36 is particularly vague, and is reminiscent of the deliberately slippery approach used in the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland Act) 2021 which also seeks to silence and criminalise citizens for exercising their rights to free speech. 

This Bill will theoretically permit a tribunal to find people in violation of law simply because someone else complains that ‘they are a target of “online” hate.’ 

It is a licence for a government to abuse its power and apply that power in a politically biased and capricious way to silence opposition. It is the essence of ‘cancelling’ or ‘othering’ and a favourite tool of oppressive regimes worldwide: it is the antithesis of liberalism.  

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, David Lametti, has nonetheless defended the proposals, remarking in a press release that ‘Canadians expect their government to take action against hate speech and hate crimes. These legislative changes would improve the remedies available to victims of hate speech and hate crimes and would hold individuals accountable. The actions we are taking today will help protect the vulnerable, empower those who are victimised and hold individuals to account for the hatred they spread online.’ 

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Kate Dunlop
Kate Dunlop is a mediator.

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