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NDP not disclosing position on online pornography bill

Photo: Sean Kilpatrick The Canadian Press NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

The Canadian Press in Ottawa

Published at 16:54

  • Canada

New Democrats will not make their position known on a bill aimed at preventing minors from accessing sexually explicit content online.

The legislation proposes requiring websites like Pornhub to verify the age of their users. Privacy experts warn that the measure is too broad and risks violating freedom of expression.

The Liberal government opposes the private member's bill, but the New Democratic Party (NDP), the Bloc Québécois and the Conservatives voted in favor of its referral to a committee of the House of Commons for study.

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The committee heard from only three witnesses, including the senator who proposed the bill, which the NDP attributes to the Conservatives.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre for saying a Conservative government would adopt a similar measure, saying it would mean Canadians would have to hand over personal information to “dubious websites.”

The bill would need NDP support to pass, and its public safety critic, Alistair MacGregor, says his party will carefully consider its options.< /p>

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

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