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Liberal internet bill a “revenue stream” for mainstream media, says journalist

TCS Wire

April 21, 2022

The Liberal government’s scheme to regulate and control the internet has always been about lining the pockets of their friends in the media.

It was apparent from the beginning, but now even a Toronto Star columnist admitted as much

In a recent op-ed, the outlet’s Economics Columnist Heather Scoffield complained about how Elon Musk’s offer to buy Twitter threatened the Ottawa regime.

Couched within her column were several hints at how Liberal internet regulation legislation like Bill C-18 was intended to create a “revenue stream” for mainstream media outlets. 

“[The Liberals] wanted to impose Canadian content requirements on streaming services. They wanted to build a revenue stream for traditional media by having the web giants give up some of their advertising revenue. And they wanted to quash hate speech online,” wrote Scoffield. 

The keywords are “a revenue stream for traditional media” and not alternative outlets like The Counter Signal or other independent voices.

“Now, Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez is trying again, consulting far and wide, making adjustments to the government’s approach from a year ago. He has just tabled C-18, which would compel Google and Facebook to make deals that compensate traditional media organizations for sharing their news content,” continued Scoffield.

True North reporter Cosmin Dzsurdzsa was the first to report on the admission on Twitter, calling C-18 an attempt to create a “government-controlled media monopoly.” 

If journalists in the mainstream media understand Bill C-18 as exclusively designed to compensate outlets like the Toronto Star and their ilk, then the Liberal government is continuing to lie to Canadians when it claims that it is not trying to kill the freedom of the press.

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