Canada is Free and Freedom is Its Nationality

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Thursday, October 1, 2009

CHRC Appeals the Lemire Case

The Canadian federal hate speech law, a.k.a. section 13, may be on the verge of being struck down. This law prohibits speech that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt on the basis of an identifiable ground, such as sexual orientation and religion among others. Section 13, or rather it's provincial counterparts, are the laws responsible for such things as the prosecution of mainstream news media for hate, lifetime speech bans against pastors, and the ruling that public display of certain Bible references is illegal. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, which has been responsible for prosecuting section 13 cases, in a stunning decision ruled that the law is unconstitutional because it violates freedom of speech. Now, that decision is being appealed to a real court of law which will almost certainly agree that the law is in fact unconstituitonal. If this goes through, it will be one of the greatest victories for conservatives in years.

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