Section 2 (b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is clear.
Canadians have the right to freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression.
The lesser son of the man who brought Canada the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is, sadly but predictably, utterly incapable of defending this bedrock principle of the Canadian Constitution.
Trudeau’s pathetic mewling started after several recent terrorist attacks in France.
In the first attack, a Muslim terrorist beheaded a teacher for daring to show cartoons depicting their pedophile prophet Muhammad in ways the killer disapproved of.
Then a knife-wielding terrorist beheaded an elderly woman and a 45-year-old man inside a church, and stabbed a second woman to death.
Emmanuel Macron’s response was both swift and unequivocal.
“Quite clearly, it is France that is being attacked. If we are attacked, it is because of our values.”
A day later, Justin Trudeau was asked (again) whether he believed in free speech by Lina Dibb, reporter for Canadian Press.
“Should it be allowed to make fun of religion and Muslim leaders?”
Yes – the obvious answer in defense of free speech – was glaringly out-of-reach of the Prime Minister, who started off strong before a tidal wave of caveats knocked him off his tricycle.
“We will always defend freedom of speech,” said Justin Trudeau. That was the strong start.
“But,” His Wokeness continued , “Freedom of expression is not without limits. We are not allowed, for example, to cry fire in a crowded theatre. There are always limits.”
“In a pluralistic, diverse and respectful society like ours,” His Wokeness opined, “We owe it to ourselves to be aware of the impact of our words, our actions on others, particularly these communities and populations who still experience a lot of discrimination.”
“World leaders have been standing with President Macron and defending free speech. Why hasn’t this prime minister?” asked Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole.
Because he doesn’t believe in free speech, Erin. He believes in approved speech, an entirely different critter.
Contrary to Justin Trudeau’s patently absurd comments, the “right not to be offended” does not exist in Canada. If there were such a right, our entire country would exist in a cone of silence, because every word uttered will ultimately offend someone, somewhere.
The right to offend another person is the foundational to Section 2(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Yet this is the Prime Minister’s stance: We must not offend others, ever.
The unspoken threat is that should we not abide by Trudeau’s version of “approved speech” the full weight of the government may crash down upon our heads using 1977’s Canadian Human Rights Act – another creation of the lesser son’s father.
What he appears to giveth later, he shall first take away.