Is Canada Going To Arrest Citizens Who Promote Fossil Fuels?!

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Did the Canadian government announce plans to arrest citizens who promote fossil fuels?!

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Claim : Canada To Begin Arresting Citizens Who Promote Fossil Fuels!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), which claims that the Canadian government just announced plans to arrest citizens who promote fossil fuels!

Canada To Begin Arresting Citizens Who Promote Fossil Fuels

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Truth : Canada Is Not Arresting Citizens Who Promote Fossil Fuels!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created / promoted by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Canada Is Not Arresting Citizens Who Promote Fossil Fuels

Let me start by simply pointing out that the Canadian government did not announce any plans to arrest, imprison, or fine citizens who promote fossil fuels.

There is no such announcement, or law that was recently passed that would give rise to such a claim, and The People’s Voice article offered no evidence to back up its “fact checked” claim.

Fact #2 : C-372 Was A Private Parliament Member’s Bill

The People’s Voice article referred to Bill C-372 (An Act respecting fossil fuel advertising), which is a private member’s bill introduced by Charlie Angus, a Member of Parliament from the New Democratic Party (NDP).

A private member’s bill (projet de loi émanant d’un député) is introduced by a legislator who is not acting on behalf of the executive branch. In other words – this bill was not being introduced by the Canadian government, as suggested or claimed in The People’s Voice article.

Fact #3 : C-372 Has Not Been Passed

In Canada, any member of parliament can submit a private member’s bill like C-372, but most of these bills are not even voted on, much less passed. In fact, the vast majority of private bills that do become law, were passed for the purpose of changing the name of the riding (jurisdiction) represented by the MP introducing the bill.

More importantly – C-372 remains a bill, which is a proposed law. It has not been passed, so it is wrong for anyone to claim that the Canadian government plans to “imprison and fine citizens” who “promote fossil fuels”, as claimed by The People’s Voice article.

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Fact #4 : C-372 Does Not Criminalise Free Speech

The People’s Voice article claimed or suggested that the C-372 bill will “criminalise any speech that promotes fossil fuels – even the statements being made are true and accurate“.

It’s actually stated in the Application section of the C-372 bill (which you can read here), that the Act would not apply to:

5 This Act does not apply in respect of:

(a) a literary, dramatic, musical, cinematographic, scientific, educational or artistic work, production or performance that uses or depicts fossil fuels, fossil fuel-related brand elements or the production of fossil fuels, whatever the mode or form of its expression, if no consideration is given, directly or indirectly, by a producer, a retailer or an entity that has as one of its purposes to promote fossil fuels for that use or depiction in the work, production or performance;

(b) an opinion, commentary or report in respect of fossil fuels, fossil fuel-related brand elements or the production of fossil fuels if no consideration is given, directly or indirectly, by a producer, a retailer or an entity that has as one of its purposes to promote fossil fuels for the reference to the fossil fuels, fossil fuel-related brand elements or the production of fossil fuels in that opinion, commentary or report; or

(c) the name of an entity or the name under which the entity carries on business.

In other words, even if it is passed and becomes law, the C-372 bill will not criminalise free speech, including making statements that are true and accurate about fossil fuels.

Fact #5 : C-372 Was Not Introduced By Justin Trudeau

The People’s Voice article used a photo of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as its cover image. Just in case there is any confusion – Justin Trudeau did not introduce C-372, nor did he express any support for that private bill.

Here is a photo of Charlie Angus, who obviously looks very different from Justin Trudeau. They are also from completely different political parties. Charlie Angus is from the New Democratic Party, while Justin Trudeau leads the Liberal Party of Canada.

Why would anyone use a photo of Justin Trudeau as a cover image for an article about a private bill introduced by a completely different Member of Parliament???

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Fact #6 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Publishing Fake News

The People’s Voice is the current name for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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