News is just breaking across Twitter that the Senate of Canada has finally passed third-reading on Bill C-304, which is an Act to repeal the censorship provision – Section 13 of the Canadian “Human Rights” Act.
Section 13 makes it an offence to “likely” “expose” privileged groups to “hatred and/or contempt.” There are NO defences under Section 13! Even truth and intent are considered irrelevant to a finding of discrimination. The law was enacted in 1977 in order to silence a man named John Ross Taylor for messages he recorded onto his telephone answering machine. In the intervening 32 years, not a single person who has been hauled up on Section 13 charges has ever been acquitted – a 100% conviction rate. Section 13 has been used and abused since its inception.
Here are a few selected Tweets about it:
— Brian Storseth (@BrianStorsethMP) June 26, 2013
— Michelle Rempel, MP (@MichelleRempel) June 26, 2013
Just being told Bill C-304 to repeal the dreaded section 13 of the Human Rights Act has been passed. A good step for free speech. #cdnpoli
— Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) June 26, 2013
— Kathy Shaidle (@kshaidle) June 26, 2013
Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead! Section 13 Is Dead Dead Dead!
— Blazing CatFur (@Blazingcatfur) June 26, 2013
— Marc Lemire (@marc_lemire) June 26, 2013