Censorship and Partisanship—a Terrible Partnership!
When bad government officials do bad things, they usually look for ways to hide their wicked deeds from the public . . . especially in jurisdictions where they may have to face the public at the ballot box, where they may be held accountable and may pay for their actions by being removed from office. That, no doubt, is why the current Liberal government under PM Justin Trudeau was so eager to pass Bill C-10, a bill designed to control what may and may not be said on social media or other online platforms. The Liberals and their misguided socialist friends in other parties want to classify any information or opinion with which they disagree as “hate speech,” “misinformation,” or “harmful content.” Like Orwell’s thought police in 1984, they want the power to arbitrarily decide what is true and what is false, and they want the internet to reflect only those opinions they deem acceptable.
Fortunately, that bill has not yet made it through the Senate, in spite of a desperate move by the PM, who sought to recall the Senate for a summer session to pass this bill. He desperately wanted the power to shut down political commentary with which he disagrees. Along with Bill C-10, the Liberals had also hoped to have the Senate pass Bill C-6, the so-called Conversion Therapy Ban, a bill that would have limited the ability of parents, pastors and counsellors to assist gender-confused young people seeking to return to a lifestyle consistent with their biological sex. A third bill, C-36—that has not yet received third reading in the House—would go even farther. It would make it possible to punish Canadians for crimes they have not yet committed. If (in the opinion of the Canadian Human Rights Commission) a person has reason to believe that another person is likely to commit a hate crime, that person can be deprived of his or her rights, placed under curfew orders, be forced to wear a tracking device, be deprived of his or her right to own firearms, etc. All based on what another person—an anonymous person—thinks may be “likely.”
What happened to “innocent until proven guilty?” When that safeguard is removed, Canada’s justice system will cease to protect the lives, property and rights of Canadians. Who can determine whether another individual is “likely” to commit a hate crime? And who defines what is a “hate crime?” These are weasel words designed to give government officials, leftwing journalists and bureaucratic busybodies the ability to keep Canadians from speaking and writing things that may expose the “works of darkness.”
These are the kinds of bills being proposed by Liberal Justice Minister, David Lametti, acting on the advice of the PM. It’s shocking to think that the freedom of all Canadians to express their concerns about the affairs of state and/or possible misconduct of their elected officials would be under attack in this way. But freedom is always under attack and always needs to be defended. In two world wars, Canadian soldiers defended it with their lives. In Canada today, we need to defend it with our words, our actions, our finances and our votes. Freedom isn’t free. To maintain it requires risk and sacrifice.
This begs the question: What are they trying to hide? Quite simply, the truth.
The Bible says: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” When the truth is hidden, when people do not have access to accurate information, then they are not equipped to make good decisions. That’s true for medical decisions, choices about where to live, which car to purchase, whom to marry and whom to vote for.
Historically, there have been many cases of governments lying to the people, giving false information. In Nazi Germany, millions of Jews were told they were simply going to take a shower. Instead, they were murdered in the gas chambers. Canadian women and girls being pressured to abort their babies are told, “It’s just tissue.” They are not warned about the abortion-breast cancer link. They are not told of the risks of sterility and depression. Young people are encouraged by Planned Parenthood to engage in premarital sex and with multiple partners. The potential damage to their lives and relationships is not mentioned.
When a government seeks to control the narrative, to limit your access to other opinions, to punish those who publish “inconvenient truths” about anything, we should be concerned. We should speak up. We should refuse to accept the censorship of ideas. What are some things the Liberals might not want us to talk about? The WeCharity scandal? The broken promise of “electoral reform”? The Trillion-dollar national debt? The SNC-Lavalin affair and the treatment of MP Jody Wilson-Raybould? Those are just a few ghosts from the past. But the list continues to grow.
Today, there are also huge concerns about the censorship of social media in regard to COVID stats, the safety and efficacy of the “vaccines,” the failure of the government to protect the vulnerable elderly and or to save lives with ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. Today, Canadians are being denied access to the writings and speeches of many doctors and nurses who have risked their careers to warn their fellow-citizens about the dangers of the experimental “vaccines.” The government is censoring good information and pushing a false narrative and it is costing peoples’ lives.
We believe we are on the verge of a critical election, and right now the PM is papering over his errors with photo-ops and handouts of borrowed money. As campaign rhetoric heats up, the Leader of the Official Opposition has not distinguished himself by offering principled alternative policies, but is seeking to appear as “Liberal” as possible under the “Conservative” banner. These are perilous times. It is not a time for fence-sitting. It’s not a time for moral compromise or simply voting for the “lesser of two evils.”
It’s time to vote for the Christian Heritage Party. If you don’t have a candidate in your area, help us find one. It’s time for the truth: uncensored, unvarnished, uncompromised. Visit us at chp.ca.
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