Steven Guilbeault is Canada’s heritage minister. He’s a poorly educated climate/social justice warrior who has been asked to push through legislation that regulates user-generated content online and on social media.
He’s been caught lying his little hippie dick off several times in a series of embarrassing interviews. No serious person takes anything,” he says seriously. He’s an empty vessel doing dark work on behalf of big media in Canada.
The Guilbeault Interview: If Bill C-10 isn’t a fireable offence, this interview should be.
Heritage Minister @s_guilbeault is simply unable to respond coherently to basic questions about his own legislation.https://t.co/R0YYhiBvnS https://t.co/n9oEwbx5kr
— Michael Geist (@mgeist) May 1, 2021
With nowhere left to go to peddle his bullshit, Guilbuealt and the Liberal government are now promoting claims that “Silicon Valley (Google, FB, YouTube, etc) and Canadian academics are behind a deliberate campaign of misinformation” to stop Bill C-10, which is a complete and total lie. In other words, the Canadian government is pulling a Donald Trump.
(…), we are now witnessing public opinion being manipulated at scale through a deliberate campaign of misinformation by commercial interests that would prefer to avoid the same regulatory oversight applied to broadcast media.” https://t.co/0iNddtdgT6
— Steven Guilbeault @ 🏡 (@s_guilbeault) May 11, 2021
That’s a lie. It’s 30 million Canadians who have an issue with their free speech being subject to CRTC regulations. Not Google.
Here’s the latest from Law/E-commerce Expert Michael Geist, who is in utter disbelief at the Trumpian hypocrisy of Guilbeault flat-out making up conspiracy theories with Lobbyists who are FUCKING PAID TO SPREAD MISINFORMATION.
Last night, Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault posted a remarkable tweet that should heighten concerns about Bill C-10, forthcoming online harms legislation, and the government’s intent with respect to free speech. In the weeks since it opened the door to treating all user-generated content as a “program” subject to CRTC regulation, there has been mounting public criticism and concern about the implications for free speech. While the tech companies have remained relatively silent, Canadians have been speaking out. Those voices now include the Government of Saskatchewan, with Minister of Justice Gord Wyant writing to Guilbeault to urge the federal government to stop Bill C-10 from proceeding or amend it to ensure that “all creative Internet content generated by Canadians will be exempt from any regulatory supervision by federal government agencies.”
Given the opposition – as well as Guilbeault’s well-documented disastrous interviews on CBC and CTV – one would have thought the Minister would be seeking to assuage public concern. Instead, Guilbeault took to Twitter last night to suggest that the public anger over Bill C-10 was a matter of “public opinion being manipulated at scale through a deliberate campaign of misinformation by commercial interests that would prefer to avoid the same regulatory oversight applied to broadcast media.”
Over the past few weeks of intense Bill C-10 debate, nothing has left me angrier or more concerned than this tweet. First, the conspiracy theory amplified by Guilbeault is plainly wrong and itself quite clearly misinformation. The concerns regarding the bill have been backed by law professors, experts, Justice Ministers, former CRTC chairs, and hundreds of others. To claim this is a tech-inspired misinformation campaign lends support to the view that Guilbeault still does not understand his own bill and its implications. Moreover, not only have the tech companies remained relatively quiet, but most did not even appear before the Heritage Committee as part of its study. To suggest that having largely ignored the bill, the companies are now engaged in some grand conspiracy is lunacy.
Second, Guilbeault’s decision to quote from the Medium article is particularly notable since the piece not only argues that the criticism is based on a corporate-inspired misinformation campaign, but that it demonstrates the need for Bill C-10. In other words, Guilbeault is citing with approval an article calling for government and CRTC regulation precisely because of public criticism of proposed government legislation. With government insisting that the CRTC should have the power to regulate the content of Canadians’ social media feeds through discoverability requirements, it is worrying that the Guilbeault cites with approval an article that links regulating speech and political criticism.
Third, Guilbeault has regularly indicated that he plans to introduce “online harms” legislation in the coming weeks that will include website blocking, mandated takedowns, and the creation of a new social media regulator. The ease with which a government minister labels criticism and public dissent as misinformation for political gain is deeply troubling given that the same minister is planning extensive new speech and Internet regulations.
If the public needed yet another reason to be concerned about the government’s motivation for Bill C-10, Guilbeault just provided it. He is set to introduce a bill that purports to deal with misinformation, yet just used his own Twitter feed to traffic in it. Indeed, the government cannot claim to support freedom of expression and at the same time have its lead minister on the file amplify flimsy conspiracy theories and openly support regulating speech based on such theories. Bill C-10 is not designed to address misinformation, but the fact that Guilbeault seems to think it could help address the issue represents a giant red flag that cannot be ignored. The government should start from scratch on Bill C-10 and cannot vest responsibility for the online harms bill in Guilbeault.
Geist from the top ropes!
“If the public needed yet another reason to be concerned about the government’s motivation for Bill C-10, Guilbeault just provided it. He is set to introduce a bill that purports to deal with misinformation, yet just used his own Twitter feed to traffic in it”.
The left and right might hate each other, but we should all be rallying around the hatred of our government actively spinning lies curated by Big Media and Lobbyists to actively use those lies and misinformation to fuck over its citizens. Does it make me wonder if the COVID lockdown was engineered by misinformation? No, because I’m not a fucking moron and read source material from non-bias sources that tell me the objective truth.
We had ultra-nonbiased Professor Geist on the show on Monday, he confirmed that the Canadian Government’s intention was to confuse us all into being OK with having our content and speech regulated on social media.
Bonus: Geist says their real intention is to come after people like us. Comforting.
I’ve never been politically active because to be involved in politics you need to be political. I’ve never been more keenly aware of the kind of character you need to be to be a politician either.
Canadian politicians are ethically bankrupt, morally corrupt, liars who work on behalf of the interests and relationships that benefit their party. Liberal, Conservative, NDP. They all serve masters, not Canadians.
I was good to battle the Government and the CRTC based on the merits of the Bill, now that they are painting free speech advocates as crazies in tinfoil hats who are working on behalf of Google, it’s personal.
Source: The same people who are telling us we need our social media accounts regulated are using paid agents to position free speech advocates as crazy people and Google as our overlord.
“The allegations that Google is manipulating its search results to favour opponents of the Bill, or that any public criticism of the bill is part of a deliberate campaign for misinformation, are utterly baseless and completely false,” a Google spokesperson told PressProgress.
But Dimitrieff says he isn’t so sure. He says he checked it out before blogging about it.
“I literally typed ‘Bill C-10’ into both Facebook’s search function and Google, and found pages of editorials arguing against the bill, and literally nothing arguing the other way,” the Canadian Independent Music Association board member told PressProgress.
“I have no idea if this is deliberate editorial bias or not, which is why I suggested it was coincidental — but nonetheless, I find it interesting in the context of algorithmic bias.”
Dimitrieff’s blog also raises concerns about democracy, noting Facebook and Twitter “acted to silence” former US President Donald Trump and Amazon “unilaterally killed” Parler, a social media platform popular with far-right extremists, QAnon followers and DC insurrectionists:
“Most recently, Facebook and Twitter acted to silence former US President Donald Trump, and Amazon unilaterally killed the alternative ‘free speech’ platform Parler by evicting it from the AWS cloud computing service.”
In a statement to PressProgress, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said he shared the blog post because he felt it was a good discussion on the “lack of accountability from the private social media platforms towards citizens.”
“Whether or not we agree with a specific opinion from a user or decision by a platform, we need to think about what we want as a society,” Guilbeault said in response to questions about whether he agreed with the blog’s discussion of Facebook and Twitter’s decision to ban Trump.
There aren’t any buzzwords or catchphrases to describe what’s happening. Trudeau’s liberals are working with an amazingly silent Canadian Association of Broadcasters to fuck the rest of us over without impunity. They want your tweets and retweets regulated by the CTRC to prevent you from taking their money and inflicting further damage to their bullshit-dead traditional assets (radio, TV etc). Fucking us over is so vitally important to their shareholders and bottom line, they are just making shit up at this point because and it’s fucking embarrassing.