August 22, 2018 3 months 3 weeks ago

Quebec government to appeal website blocking decision

QUEBEC - The Government of Quebec will appeal a Quebec Superior’s Court decision to quash an amendment of the Consumer Protection Law of Quebec banning online gambling and forcing local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block online gambling websites.

The Court confirmed that telecommunications was an exclusive federal jurisdiction.

Cartt.ca has learned from a Quebec Department of Justice official that the Attorney General of Quebec will file an appeal with the Quebec Court of Appeal on or before August 24.

In its 2015 Budget, the Government of Quebec introduced amendments to the Consumer Protection Act to put an end to what the province said was illegal online gambling by requiring ISPs to block websites that engaged in that activity.  After the Bill came into law, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association appealed the disposition stating that it was unconstitutional, as reported by Cartt.ca.