Could this be unprecedented censorship or unprecedented protection?
Quebec has introduced a little-publicized bill that has people across the country talking. Is a free and open Internet being threatened in La Belle Province? And can that set a new precedent in Canada?
A provision in Bill 74 seeks to force Internet service providers to block Quebecers’ online access to gambling sites not approved by the government. Quebec’s finance minister says this is necessary to protect the health and safety of its citizens, since online gaming sites don’t provide the same rules and regulations as government-run sites.
Those who oppose this, say it’s just another way for Quebec to block competition – and that it paves a new way for other governments in Canada to decide what its citizens can and can’t do online.
So what do you think: unprecedented censorship, or unprecedented protection? Taking your calls and texts after 1pm: 204.780.6868.