“We’ve seen over the past number of years an increase in the interference or the implication of foreign actors in democratic processes,” Trudeau told a Toronto news conference on April 5.
“We saw very clearly that countries like Russia are behind a lot of the divisive campaigns; a lot of the divisive social media, you know, spreads [and has] turned our politics even more divisive and more anger-filled than they have been in the past,” he said.
Last week Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the Trudeau government is looking “very, very carefully” at forcing social media companies to censor “toxic communications” on their platforms.
Goodale’s cryptic comments are just the latest refrain from a government that has continually pushed for censorship on social media — where most Canadians spend the majority of their time online.
But what exactly the Liberals’ definition of “toxic communications” or “fake news” is still up in the air.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau pitched the virtues of his latest budget as logical extension of his past documents in a speech Friday, telling a Halifax business audience they shouldn’t think of it as an electoral platform.
The federal government announced in its 2019 budget it will be forgiving loans to Indigenous groups who have taken on debt to negotiate comprehensive claims and treaties.
Groups that have already repaid the government for such loans will get their money back, Ottawa says.
The Liberal government is signalling its intent to stem the flow of asylum seekers crossing into Canada at unofficial entry points with a new border-enforcement strategy aimed at detecting, intercepting and removing irregular migrants.
If elected in the October federal election, Scheer says he would offer rebates to Canadians for the five per cent tax charged on all residential home energy, including heating oil, electricity, natural gas, propane, wood pellets and other heating sources.
The United We Roll Twitter account does bring up an interesting point, noting that a split in the vote could bring about a potential Ross Perot situation that the U.S. saw in the 90’s when a fledgling 3rd Party enters and sways enough votes away from one party to change the results of the election.
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According to a Leger poll, 41% of Canadians believe Trudeau has ‘done something wrong.’
12% say he hasn’t done something wrong.
And 41% say they aren’t sure.
What this means is that 82% of Canadians don’t believe Trudeau, since Trudeau has claimed he’s done nothing wrong.
Imagine the reaction if the federal Liberal government came out and said what it actually feels: “We’re smarter than Canadian voters and we want to help them make the right choice in elections by monitoring what they can see and read.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who swept to power on a wave of optimism in 2015, is set for an ugly reelection campaign this October, judging by exchanges with voters in public town halls this month where he was grilled on topics ranging from immigration to housing affordability.
The federal government is unveiling a “sweeping series” of new measures aimed at further shoring up Canada’s electoral system from foreign interference, and enhancing Canada’s readiness to defend the democratic process from cyber threats and disinformation.
The response is quite spirited.