Harmful Digital Communications Bill - Second reading

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


STUART SMITH: I would just like to focus in this very short call on the importance of this bill not being too platform-specific. If we look back to 2004, Facebook came into being in February of that year. Today that is one of the most thought of digital platforms, and one that is used most often in these cases that we are discussing tonight.

Twitter came in in 2006. A year before that, YouTube came into being, and who knows what digital platforms will be available in 10 years. They may not be in a form that we know today. I commend this bill because I think it has a flexibility to take account of new platforms in the future. It is with pleasure that I commend the bill to the House. Thank you.