Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; cc David Lametti (Justice Minister); cc Steven Guilbeault (Heritage Minister); cc Your MP
Mr. Prime Minister
A few days ago, Facebook petitioned the federal court to throw out a suit prepared by Daniel Therrien, Canada's Privacy Commissioner, that sought to punish them for breaking the law by neglecting to protect the privacy of our personal data.
I cannot remember another time when a company showed such little respect for our sovereignty and democracy.
Mr. Prime Minister, enough is enough. You need to stop letting Facebook walk all over us. Silicon Valley companies cannot be allowed to dictate the laws of our land. Mr. Prime Minister, we need you to govern.
It's time for Canada to stand up for itself, and impose stringent regulations and taxes on foreign owned tech giants. We've seen examples across the globe: Australia is proposing to require Facebook and Google to pay for news content. Germany has made Facebook and YouTube liable for the hate speech it publishes. The European Union is protecting citizens' right to privacy, and requiring Netflix to invest in the creation of original European stories.
Meanwhile, in Canada, Facebook tells us to jump, and our answer is: "how high?"
If you stand up for Canada, Canadians will stand with you. Don't let Facebook continue to set the agenda in our country. If you do, we won't have much of a country left.