One commentator on social media dubbed this …
… the moment when Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said that the Trudeau regime plans to license news websites as a ‘Boston Tea Pary moment.’
She was referring to the protest, in December of 1773, when angry American colonists (many dressed as Native Americans to try and hide their true identities) dumped several hundred chests of tea, imported by the East India Company, into Boston harbour to protest the taxes, on almost everything, that had been imposed, by Westminster to pay for the Seven Years War. Westminster felt it was only fair to tax the colonists equally, along with the people of the British Isles, because much of the war, called the French-Indian War, now, by Americans, was fought to protect them and their vital commercial interests. The American colonists disagreed, many on the principle that they should not be taxed without being represented in parliament. We know where it all ended.
It’s a good question. Most commentators seem to agree with me that the Trudeau regime has seriously overreached in supporting the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel‘s recommendations that, somehow, the distribution of “news” should be regulated by the government. That is a far, far greater intrusion into the liberty of free Canadian citizens than a tax on staples was to Americans in 1773.
Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail, opines that “The whole thing is just breathtaking – a regulatory power grab without precedent, either in Canada or the democratic world. Nobody elsewhere is proposing anything like it, and for good reason: because it’s insane. This kind of bureaucratic micromanagement, with its obsession with “cultural sovereignty” and “telling ourselves our own stories,” would have been hopelessly outdated in 1990. In 2020, it’s just embarrassing.” He’s right to use the word “insane,” ~ the proposal is quite possibly unconstitutional, just for a start, it is, certainly based on a deeply mistaken idea of what the internet actually is ~ and he’s equally right to say that every Canadian who doesn’t, actively, protest against this must be embarrassed because each is, for no good reason at all that I can see, supporting a proposal that makes Canada less, far less, of a liberal democracy and more like Ethiopia and Senegal (both with scores below 6.0, the threshold for a Flawed Democracy in the well regarded Economist Intelligence Unit‘s latest democracy index) where he will visit this week … perhaps to learn from the leaders of authoritarian regimes what his next steps should be to embarrass Canada further.
Canadians need to tell the Trudeau regime that we actually like being a liberal democracy. We don’t need Xi Jinping’s China to be a model for how we should manage our media. Good, heavens, not even the imperious Donald J Trump could have conceived of such a blatantly anti-democratic way to silence his critics. Ironically, it might be Donald Trump’s new USMCA (NAFTA 2.0) that strikes the first blow for freedom.
Canadians need to tell Prime Minister Trudeau that a good first step would be to totally disavow both Minister Guilbeault, himself, who should be demoted from cabinet to the farthest of the far back-benches, and the totality of the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel‘s nonsensical recommendations.
The next Canadian prime minister needs to tell Canadians that his (or her) government will keep its grubby, self-serving paws off of our precious, hard-won rights and liberties and will not threaten us with the gulag if we dare to question the Laurentian Consensus. It’s 2020, not 1520, we no longer burn people at the stake for heresy. We don’t need public autos-da-fé where the Globe and Mail and the Sun chain repent their mortal sin of exposing Prime Minister Trudeau’s lack of moral principles and make a mass oath of obedience to the Liberal Party of Canada.
Enough is enough. Guilbeault must go, he’s a disgrace to his country and his Party. Justin Trudeau must go, too, along with Freeland, Morneau, Sajjan and Hussen and the whole cabal … they are a danger to Canada’s liberty and democracy. We must restore good, honest, decent, democratic liberalism to Canada.