Tesla CEO Elon Musk has slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for ‘crushing’ free speech in Canada.
Musk’s remark came after Canada made it mandatory for online streaming services to formally register with the government for “regulatory controls”.
The Tesla CEO was responding to a post by journalist and author Glenn Greenwald who was commenting on the ruling.
“The Canadian government, armed with one of the world’s most repressive online censorship schemes, announces that all “online streaming services that offer podcasts” must formally register with the government to permit regulatory controls:,” Greenwald posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Responding to Greenwald’s post, Musk said, “Trudeau is trying to crush free speech in Canada. Shameful.”
It should be noted that during his visit to India last month to attend the G20 Summit, Trudeau had said that Canada “will always defend freedom of expression, freedom of conscience, and freedom of peaceful protest and it is extremely important to us”.
However, despite Trudeau’s claim of supporting freedom of expression, his government has been under fire for suppressing free speech in Canada.
Last year, the Canadian government used emergency powers for the first time in the country’s history during the trucker protests. These protests were against vaccine mandates at the time.
Musk’s criticism of Trudeau comes days after the Canadian Prime Minister accused India of involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil, leading to a major diplomatic row between the two countries.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was designated as a terrorist by India in 2020, was shot dead outside a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia in June.
The Canadian government has not yet presented any evidence to support its claim about Nijjar’s murder.
India has strongly rejected Trudeau’s allegations, calling them “absurd” and “motivated”,
Further, in retaliation for Ottawa’s expulsion of an Indian official, India also suspended visa services for Canadians and expelled a Canadian diplomat.