Dear Minister Chrystia Freeland,
I would like to express my concern about Bell Canada’s proposals to introduce a mandatory website blocking system with no judicial oversight and radical new copyright rules in NAFTA. These recommendations are reckless and extreme, and would result in sweeping Internet censorship and risk criminalizing normal online activities that Canadians engage in everyday.
Being both an Internet service provider and a media company, Bell already controls a huge part of Canada's Internet ecosystem. Now, we can’t let them convince the government to set up a copyright policing agency. Canadians want to see a balanced approach to copyright that respects creators, prioritize free expression, and embraces democratic processes.
NAFTA is not the place to decide Canadian copyright law. Our laws should be shaped democratically by Canadians, not decided in closed-door international trade talks. I therefore ask you to formally reject Bell’s copyright proposals and stop them from being introduced in the renegotiated NAFTA agreement.