July 13, 2024
“Common sense Conservatives will protect our kids and punish criminals instead of creating more bureaucracy and censoring opinions.”

Poilievre says strong criminal laws will protect children, not censoring opinions

Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre has voiced strong opposition to the Liberal government’s proposed Online Harms Act, asserting that robust criminal laws are the key to protecting children rather than censoring opinions.

Poilievre pledged to bolster criminal law and enforcement measures to ensure the well-being of children.

The Conservative leader’s remarks come in response to the unveiling of the Online Harms Act, also known as Bill C-63, by the Liberal government, which aims to combat what it terms “online hate” through stringent penalties, including hefty fines and the possibility of life imprisonment for hate crimes.

“Common sense Conservatives believe that we should criminalize and enforce laws against: sexually victimizing a child or revictimizing a survivor online; bullying a child online; inducing a child to harm themselves or inciting violence. Criminal bans on intimate content communicated without consent, including deepfakes, must be enforced and expanded,” said Poilievre in a statement.

“We believe that these serious acts should be criminalized, investigated by police, tried in court and punished with jail, not pushed off to new bureaucracy that does nothing to prevent crimes and provides no justice to victims.”

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