MLA Jeneroux by Alberta Advanced Education (CC BY-ND 2.0)

MLA Jeneroux by Alberta Advanced Education (CC BY-ND 2.0)


Conservative MP on Bell Site Blocking Plan: “Canadians Should be Concerned”

After nearly two months of public debate, today marks the deadline for submissions to the CRTC on the Bell coalition website blocking plan. On the eve of the deadline, MPs from both the Conservative and NDP parties have begun placing the issue on the political agenda. NDP MP Brian Masse plans to introduce a motion on a digital bill of rights that will reportedly touch on site blocking. Meanwhile, Conservative MP Matt Jeneroux told the House of Commons earlier this week that Canadians should be concerned about the site blocking proposal:

The fight for net neutrality is extremely important right now. A few months ago, Bell and several other media conglomerates announced a proposal to create a mandatory blocking system for websites that they have arbitrarily determined are inappropriate. Bell’s proposal asks Canada’s Internet service providers to block websites they deem as piracy. The blocking process would take place with little to no oversight by our courts. Obviously, this plan has Internet and net neutrality experts concerned. This plan would seriously harm open Internet access for users and also violates freedom of expression rights.

I will upload my submission once it has been posted by the Commission, but it will largely follow my many posts on the issue:


  1. Better late than never!

  2. Honestly, I don’t know if we would have any internet future if it weren’t for your steadfast efforts to denounce the criminality of the Big 3 providers, especially Bell with its well known mafia-like practices, when it comes to the basic rights to free expression. I shudder just thinking about it, what happens when the few get to control what the many can do and think, remembering how it plunged the world into chaos 80 years ago.