From Canada.com June 7, 2012:
The federal government has just voted to repeal Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. While the bill still has to pass a Senate vote, Canadians likely now have permission to speak more freely.
But what of hate speech, you may be asking. Isn’t there an avenue in Canadian law to protect people against promotion of hatred?
Yes, actually. It’s in the Criminal Code, where it’s supposed to be.
Section 318 states that anyone who promotes or advocates genocide is liable for up to five years in prison, and it has to be a pretty blatant case of it. To be prosecuted under this section, you have to say something along the lines of “Let’s all go out and kill some Englishmen” if you’re going to face any jail time. It’s a law that governs clear instances of hate promotion, not language “likely to” create it.
You’re still on the hook if you advocate mass murder against an ethnic group, or for wilfully promoting hate in a way that could disturb the peace. We have clear, stringent laws to stop that from happening. But we need not introduce vague laws that add to them unnecessarily. (source)
I supported the repeal of Section 13. It was too broad, and the system to prosecute people under it was too skewed in favour of complainants. When Section 13 was repealed we were promised that it didn’t leave us in the wild west though, there were still protections as mentioned above against people who advocated violence and promoted genocide.
I have to wonder what’s happened to even those protections though.
Since the Idle No More movement came to the fore, the internet has been flooded with anti-Native racism. Most of it is just ignorance (and I will happily defend the *right* of any subnormal inbred idiot to sh*t hate on his keyboard), but some crosses the line. Here are some comments from the Facebook pages of the National Post and Sun News.
If I didn’t know better, I’d almost think that they were encouraging this kind of talk. But certainly not, I mean these are hard-assed law and order types. Surely they’ve already called in the feds on some of these people below and are only leaving the comments up in order to ‘preserve the evidence’. Right? Riiight?