Private by Nick Olejniczak (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Private by Nick Olejniczak (CC BY-NC 2.0)


Canadian Chamber of Commerce Warns on Government-Backed Bill C-18 Motion: “A Serious Threat to the Privacy of Canadians”

Later today, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage will vote on a government-backed motion that would compel Google and Facebook to disclose private third-party communications dating back years that could sweep in the private communications of thousands of Canadians. The motion, which is obvious retribution for opposing Bill C-18, is a stunning attack on the privacy of Canadians and could have a chilling effect on public participation. However, you don’t have to take my word for it. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has issued a dire warning about the motion in a public letter, suggesting it is undemocratic and urging MPs to reject it. 

The Chamber’s letter rightly describes the motion as an attempt to intimidate opponents of Bill C-18 that would establish a dangerous precedent. It argues the motion:

poses a serious threat to the privacy of Canadians and to their rights to hold and express opinions on public issues. In addition, adopting it would put a chill on the legitimate work of thousands of associations, chambers of commerce, unions, social action groups, not-for-profits, and private enterprises across the country. It is impossible to know who the next target of this type of measure will be. We urge the committee to avoid setting a precedent that would make it easier for future governments of any political stripe to attempt to intimidate its opponents in this way.

I don’t always agree with the Chamber, but it is right on this issue. The motion solely targets opponents of the legislation, raises a myriad of risks (ironically including the prospect of compelled communications with journalists), and sets disclosure requirements that the government itself doesn’t come close to meeting. 

There is no issue with calling the companies and their executives before committee. But this motion, led by the same MP who previously suggested I was racist when I raised concerns about government funding for an anti-semite and the silence from government ministers, shamefully goes far beyond that by snooping into the private communications of Canadians and raising the spectre of intimidation for political views. As the Chamber appropriately concludes:

Every individual and every organisation in Canada has the right to decide whether it supports Bill C-18 or any other piece of legislation that comes before Parliament. They should be free to do so without fear of retribution for their views. For the Committee to take any other approach would not only be undemocratic—it would also be unconscionable. 


  1. I’m doubtful there has been a less democratic government in all of Canadian history than this current Liberal government. From promises of open and transparent government that is in reality no more than “consultation theatre” to the outright shaking-down and threatening of retribution to it’s Bill’s opponents.

    Not to even mention the dozens of non-democratic tactics and acts in-between.

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article. I’m looking forward to seeing your post soon. Best wishes for your next upgrade. This is a really interesting and useful essay.

  3. Pingback: Links 20/03/2023: Curl 8.0.0/1 and CloudStack LTS | Techrights

  4. Ann Gilbert says:

    To know the truth about one more academic helper, check this link You will be surprised to know why it is not a top choice among college learners.

  5. I infrequently ask groupmates to assist with my task, not to mention requesting them on the web… In any case, administration shows the entirety of its expert methodologies each time you begin working with them. Beginning from a basic editing/altering and getting done with modern papers like research projects or papers, this composing administration is truly faultless.

  6. Each person’s privacy is very important, so it is necessary to make precise and consistent adjustments to ensure the rights of each person.

  7. I can acknowledge that the issues of privacy and free expression are fundamental rights that must be protected in any democratic society. Any attempt to compel disclosure of private communications or intimidate opponents of legislation could have a chilling effect on public participation and undermine the principles of democracy. It is important for lawmakers to balance the need for transparency and accountability with the protection of individual rights and freedoms. It is ultimately up to the elected representatives to make decisions that reflect the interests and values of their constituents while upholding the rule of law and democratic principles. our smart trailers

  8. The Canadian government has argued that the provision is necessary to ensure the safety and security of the country’s food supply. However, some privacy advocates and industry groups have raised concerns about the potential impact on Canadians’ privacy rights. The bill is currently being debated in the Canadian Parliament, and it remains to be seen whether any changes will be made to address the concerns raised by the Chamber and other groups.

  9. Davit Jack says:

    That is additionally a very good article that vico sky high s01 black coat I absolutely loved reading. It is not every day that I am getting to look at something like this. Desire you may have many extra top articles to share with us.

  10. Isobel Curtis says:

    I think this information is very useful for me in future. and for now I’m your good leaner and read your articles daily. Taylor Swift NYU Sweatshirt

  11. Lily Robertson says:

    Wow, this article truly showcases the transformative power of technology. It’s amazing how innovations like these are shaping our future. Kendall Roy Succession S04 Shearling Jacket

  12. If you are tired to wear boring and old fashion outfits? Then I have a suggestion for you. The demanding and appealing Georgia Bulldog Varsity Jacket steals all the limelight. This attention-grabbing outerwear has amazed everyone and it can be worn by both males and females.

  13. It is not a good step to disclose any privacy of any country or citizen.

  14. leno chris says:

    I am a student and I read this blog of yours and I got a lot of information from your blog and I like to read a blog from which I get information now I am information duti. Hound Wolf Squad Resident Evil 8 Grey Jacket
    Use this jacket this winter.

  15. dorothyconnor says:

    I like the information you have provided about the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. And I like informative blogs. Now let me wash you this cold information. The Mother 2023 Jennifer Lopez Brown Fur Shearling Jacket makes you beautiful and good looking.

  16. christome says:

    I’m reading your site for the first time, and I really enjoy it. I know a little bit about fashion. Now I’d like to recommend that Roman Reigns Tracksuit you try on this this winter.