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May 3rd, 2021

NDP Statement on Bill C-10

NDP Critic and Deputy Critic for Canadian Heritage, Alexandre Boulerice and Heather McPherson, made the following statement:

“The NDP is proud to have a long history of defending freedom of expression on the internet and protecting net neutrality.

With Bill C-10, New Democrats will take every precaution to ensure that freedom of expression is protected. It’s possible to both ensure freedom of expression is protected while creating a level playing field between web giants and Canadian companies.

It’s imperative to get this right and to understand the potential impact of this Bill on regular Canadians and content creators before we move forward. It's clear Minister Guibeault will not do the necessary review before moving forward.

That is why on Monday, we will be voting in favour of a motion that puts Bill C-10 on hold while the Department of Justice conducts a new Charter compliance analysis and calls on the Minister to appear in committee. The NDP plans to table a sub-amendment that puts a timeline on the motion to make sure the conservatives are not using this as an opportunity to delay the advancement of the bill indefinitely.

The modernization of this law is necessary for our cultural ecosystem. New Democrats strongly believe that we need to get this right. The government has the responsibility to come up with a solution.”