July 20, 2024
In anticipation of the bill’s release, Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre said he would oppose the law, criticizing it as a means for the government to legislate censorship and infringe on Canadians’ free speech.

Civil liberties group demands gov amends Bill C-63 to uphold rights

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has called for significant amendments to the Liberal government’s Online Harms Act, Bill C-63.

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, announced that the bill needs to be examined in greater detail.

“Our initial assessment reveals that the bill includes overbroad violations of expressive freedom, privacy, protest rights, and liberty. These must be rectified before the bill is passed into law,” said Mendelsohn Aviv.

Despite the CCLA’s aversion to the bill’s current state, the association said it endorses the declared purposes of upholding public safety, protecting children, and supporting marginalized communities.

The Liberal government’s Online Harms Act, unveiled by Justice Minister Arif Virani, targets a range of harmful content, including materials that incite violent extremism, promote violence, or promote hatred.

The proposed bill seeks to modify the Criminal Code to strengthen the prosecution of hate crimes, introducing penalties that could extend to life imprisonment for certain crimes.

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