The National Post reports in its Tuesday, Feb. 7, edition that there is worry about the effect the Online Streaming Act could have on freedom of expression, and the legislation needs to be implemented in a way that is consistent with Charter rights, the Liberal government wrote to the new chairman of the CRTC.
The Post's Anja Karadeglija writes that the debate around the controversial bill has "raised a key concern amongst parliamentarians regarding freedom of expression as they look for assurance that the bill cannot be used to stifle what Canadians say on-line," says the letter to Vicky Eatrides from Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez and Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.
"The rights and freedoms enjoyed by Canadians under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are of paramount importance. If Parliament adopts Bill C-11, the government trusts that the CRTC will implement a renewed Broadcasting Act in a manner consistent with the charter."
Bill C-11 sets up the CRTC to regulate on-line platforms like Netflix and YouTube. It has drawn controversy around how much authority the CRTC will have over user-generated content.
The legislation could become law as early as this week.
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