Ottawa keeps draft internet regulation legislation under wraps

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The feds have drafted legislation for the regulation of legal internet content but so far it’s off-limits to the public.

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department says anyone wanting to read the confidential discussion paper should file a $5 Access To Information request, according to Blacklock’s Reporter

“The department has prepared a discussion paper to advance policy development,” said Department of Heritage spokesperson Daniel Savoie.

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“The Canadian Heritage discussion paper in question is an internal government document. It has not been shared publicly, including to any advocacy groups.”

The Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel previously said all internet media in Canada should be federally registered.

Not only that but the cabinet advisory group said it should be governed by CRTC-regulated codes of conduct.

Janet Yale, the chair of the panel, incorrectly told the Commons heritage committee in February that newspapers were already required to register with Ottawa but the feds have never required private publishers to do so in peacetime.

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Guilbeault said earlier that cabinet wasn’t seeking to regulate digital publishers but rather legal content deemed offensive.

“It can be confusing,” said Guilbeault.

Both civil liberties groups and opposition MPs are against any federal regulation of the internet.


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