Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole fooled Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during an early May Question Period into believing a report on free speech crackdown in Hong Kong was about Canada.
O’Toole sets up the scenario of an attack on freedom of expression in the form of Bill C-10. But the bill he was describing wasn’t Canada’s Bill C-10 but was in fact on the disturbing attack on free expression that is happening in Hong Kong.
“It is very interesting, Mr. Speaker. That Reuters headline I was talking about was actually referencing new legislation being introduced in Hong Kong. It should worry Canadians that the Prime Minister could not tell the difference between what is happening in Hong Kong and his own bill, Bill C-10. Of course, we should not be surprised, because last fall he told Canadians that free speech has limits.”
Trudeau didn’t acknowledge his gaff and just responded by saying Bill C-10 wasn’t about restricting Canadians’ expression but rather about making “web giants” pay their fair share.
Numerous experts have voiced concerns over Bill C-10 including the former commissioner of the CRTC.
Bill C-10 is a “national embarrassment,” said former vice-chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).