Updated: May 30
I am writing to you to express my very grave concerns with your proposed Bill C-10, and with the direction in which this country is moving in general. Should Bill C-10 be passed, this poses a grave threat to freedom of speech and the concept of democracy in this country. There are already adequate controls in place for defamation and hate speech on the internet; this proposal smacks of fascism and provides the government with a mechanism to control and silence its opponents, the antithesis of the values upon which Canada was built.
I am sickened at how this country has changed in the past 5 years. Free speech is already being attacked through the Liberal Party’s subsidization of the CBC. My warning to you is this: everyone west of Ontario (and a large percentage of those east, as well) are feeling completely disenfranchised from this country and the direction in which it is heading. Putting another nail in the free speech coffin I’m sure seems tempting to your party in the short term, but there are long term ramifications of these decisions. The first and most obvious consequence of suppressing freedoms and increasing taxation is that corporations and the wealthy and educated will leave Canada in droves, leaving a population without ingenuity or the ability to fund the social programs that the Liberal Party purports to value.
I am begging you on behalf of Canada to recognize the harm this Bill will inflict upon our beautiful country, and to start working to bring Canada together instead of further dividing it.