Author George Orwell famously wrote in Animal Farm, “If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Politicians top the list of individuals who do not want to hear from an opposing public, be it in person or on social media. A cabinet minister in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has had a light bulb moment to censor dissent from either constituents or opinion makers: accuse it of being extremist, label it as a hate speech, and put the kibosh on third-party hosts. Indeed, in Trudeau-land, some pigs are more equal than others.
Censoring Political Criticism?
Federal Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault thinks perhaps new regulations could target websites that publish hurtful comments hurled at politicians and bureaucrats. Speaking on a podcast with Canada 2020, an Ottawa-based think tank that has connections to the Liberal Party, Guilbeault proposed that federal regulators should be extended the authority to suspend or shut down websites that hurt the feelings of civil servants and elected officials.
"Federal internet censors should target hurtful words against politicians.
“We have seen too many examples of public officials retreating from public service due to the hateful online content targeted towards themselves or even their families. I have seen firsthand alongside other Canadians the damaging effects harmful content has on our families, our values and our institutions. As a dad and a stepdad to six kids, I...