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  Speak out against Bill 74

Quebec lawmakers just gave themselves new powers to censor the Internet.[1,2]

The recently-passed Bill 74 gives governments the authority to decide what citizens can and can’t view online[3] — and will be nearly impossible to undo once implemented.

This is a slippery slope, and other governments will soon fight for these same powers. Advocates, ISPs, individual websites, and the federal government have all expressed concerns[4, 5] over how Bill 74 violates federal law and Canadians’ right to freedom of expression.[6]

Please, sign this petition to tell Quebec lawmakers: “You must repeal Bill 74’s site-blocking provisions — they are in violation of federal law and the principle of Net Neutrality.”

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The Internet censorship bill not only falls outside of the province’s jurisdiction, but it also directly contradicts Section 36 of the Telecommunications Act,[7] which stipulates that “a Canadian carrier shall not control the content or influence the meaning or purpose of telecommunications carried by it for the public.”

Don’t allow the Quebec government to have a law that promote their own profits, through their online gambling ventures, ahead of a free and open Internet.[8, 9]

 

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Footnotes:
[1] Government-Mandated Website Blocking Comes to Canada as Quebec’s Bill 74 Takes Effect: Michael Geist
[2] Quebec's Bill 74 seeks to block gaming sites not approved by government: CBC
[3] Québec is gambling with Internet censorship: what is Bill 74 and how can we kill it?: OpenMedia
[4] Advocacy group files CRTC application against Quebec website blocking legislation: Financial Post
[5] Quebec's online gambling law threatens Canada’s open Internet: Toronto Star
[6] Advocacy group asks CRTC to declare Quebec's online gambling bill unconstitutional: Globe and Mail
[7] Telecommunications Act: Government of Canada 
[8] Quebec’s controversial website-blocking law Bill 74 faces court challenge from telecom group: Financial Post 
[9] Quebec law would violate first rule of the Canadian Internet: Michael Geist

 

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