‘Some people were confused' about his media licensing comment, says Guilbeault

The minister responsible for overhauling Canada's broadcasting and telecommunications sectors is trying to reassure Canadians that the federal government is not preparing to license news outlets across the country. Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault called a news conference Monday to clarify remarks he made in an interview aired over the weekend, in which he said the government would ask media outlets be licensed. His remarks sparked a social media firestorm, fanned by the Opposition Conservatives, over the prospect of the government using licensing requirements to censor news content.