Freedom of Speech vs “Approved Speech”. This is at the heart of the ongoing push to remove Section 13 from the Canadian Human Rights Act.
In 2009 the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that although Lemire had violated Section 13 of the Act, that section of the Act was unconstitutional, and they would not enforce the unconstitutional section of the Act against Mr. Lemire.
That is what is called a “watershed moment”. Everything relating to our Right to Freedom of Speech changed with that ruling, and changed for the better.
For over 30 years Canadians had suffered under a censorship law that put men in prison for daring to say something that another individual found offensive.
Despite the actual Human Rights Act saying otherwise, there is no inherent “human right” NOT to be offended. There is no such thing. That is a manufactured right used to bludgeon those the State does not agree with into submission, and nothing more.
Governments pass laws all the time. Just because Man has written up some gibberish and given it a nice, glossy finish by proclaiming it in Parliament, that doesn’t mean it’s correct.
It’s wrong to murder human beings, Jewish or otherwise, but in Germany in 1939 it was perfectly legal.
Legal and correct are two vastly different concepts, a point which anyone willing to actually think rationally about it will concede.
The Marketplace of Ideas Will Determine Which Ideas Have Merit and Which Do Not
We don’t need endless bureaucracies filled with bureaucrats to tell us which ideas are “good” and which ideas are “bad”. Human beings are perfectly capable of figuring these things out all on our own, without government intervention.
We certainly don’t need buildings full of bureaucrats to tell us what we are allowed to say and what we are not, again, contrary to what the building filled with Human Rights Commission bureaucrats would have you believe.
They believe the world cannot function without their brilliance being place upon us in the form of diktats and threats of jail time and/or fines.
In every single case I’ve researched on Freedom of Speech in Canada, not one of the cases charged a person who put forward a “high-profile” idea, you know, an idea that the majority agrees with already.
In every single case the idea that was deemed “hateful” and therefore “not approved” was a fringe idea that had little or no merit by conventional standards.
The irony of every single one of these cases is this:
The very ideas that Human Rights Commission bureaucrats were so terrified people might actually hear of… these so-called “hateful ideas”… they gained far more exposure and notoriety because of the actions of these bureaucrats than they ever could have if the individuals promoting them had simply been left alone to be judged in the Marketplace of Ideas.
Ernst Zundel, for example, promoted the idea that the Holocaust was a hoax. Left to himself and his own devices, the vast majority of the world would never even have known his name.
In the Marketplace of Ideas he had already been dismissed by the vast majority of people who had actually heard of him. It was only because of the endless persecution of Ernst Zundel by Human Rights Commission bureaucrats that he became a household name.
Discrimination is a Good Thing
As much as politicians and so-called hate speech activists want to say that discrimination equals evil, the hypocrisy of that very statement seems lost on them. By their very actions they are demanding that their brand of discrimination be foisted on you and me, because theirs is the only “correct” view.
What utter hogwash, to be polite.
Human beings the world over discriminate every single hour of every single day about more things than you can possibly count.
- Will I go to this restaurant or that one?
- Will I speak with this individual or that one?
- Will I associate with this individual or not?
- Will I entertain this idea or that one?
- Do I believe this, or will I believe that?
Does it make me a criminal because I believe something that you do not?
Does it make me a criminal because I choose not to associate with you because of the beliefs you hold? Beliefs I happen to disagree with?
Only in the eyes of Human Rights Commission bureaucrats and anti-Freedom activists.
The rest of us are fully capable of comprehending that discriminating between two or more ideas or people is something we do every hour of every day.
Does refusing to get into a cab with an East Indian driver mean I hate all East Indians?
No, of course not. Don’t be ridiculous.
I just don’t like the smell of curry and would rather get into the cab driven by the First Nations driver, the Chinese driver or even (gasp!) the white driver?
Kenneth G Ryan says
I’ve just read the above, and I’ve become aware of just how little I know of the Human Rights Act! WHAT does it actually say and where can one read it?
My other question would be just how legal and enforceable is the ACT? I go back to the many, many comments I’ve heard from both Canadian and U.S. International lawyers and representatives, that tell me our Constitution is actualy still under the governance of the U.K.
With our ability to llok back to the Diefenbaker and Trudeau eras, I question whether these politicians merely used smoke and mirrors, not providing Canadians with anything tangible.
Christopher di Armani says
You can read the Canadian Human Rights Act at http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/h-6/ and as to how enforceable is it? This is the law that has been used to silenve Free Speech for over a generation.
This is the law that the Alberta government used to attack Ezra Levant for three full years for running a series of cartoons in his magazine Western Standard. Partly because of the cost of defending against this attack that magazine went bankrupt.
This is the law that the British Columbia Human Rights Commission used to attack writer Mark Steyn and MacLean’s Magazine for the ghastly crime of publishing exerpts from a book.
It’s been used extensively by Freedom of Speech hater and so-called “human rights advocate” lawyer Richard Warman to silence many people across Canada. Warman is a particularly evil man who will lie, cheat and do anything required to get his way, as his sworn statements in the Marc Lemire case alone amply testify to.
This is arguably one of the WORST laws in Canada, and until Ezra Levant made a public mockery of the Alberta Human Rights Commission and posted his “hearing” on YouTube, they had a 100% conviction rate for cases brought before it.
Anyone bringing a case before any of Canada’s human blights commissions and having it accepted meant an automatic win.
The best part of this law?
The TRUTH is No Defense.
When the TRUTH is specifically and intentionall not allowed, what kind of government do we really have? While this atrocity was brought in by Trudeau, not a single government since then has attempted to get rid of this horrid legislation.
Not even after the Canadian Human Rights Commission ITSELF found that Section 13 was unconstutional!
Right now there is a Private Members Bill to repeal Section 13, but it’s not a government motion, so it has little likelihood of passing unless Harper himself tells his caucus to pass it.
If you want some more fodder for learning more about this Act and the atrocities committed in its name, do web searches for the following terms:
Warman v. Lemire
Ezra Levant Human Rights Act
Mark Steyn Human Rights Act
Richard Warman — the first listing (for me, anyway) is http://www.richardwarman.com/ and you’ll find out more than you ever wanted to know on that site.
That will keep you busy all day. 🙂
Yours in Liberty,
Christopher di Armani