July 21, 2016

Death of free speech in Canada: Montreal comedian ordered to pay $42K in damages over a joke

Brian LilleyArchive

If you thought we had free speech in this country, think again. Comedian Mike Ward has been ordered to pay damages to young man and his mother all because he made fun of the boy in a comedy routine.

Ward has been ordered to pay a former child singer with disabilities $25,000 in moral damages and $10,000 in punitive damages.

He will also need to pay the boy's mother $5,000 for moral damages and $2,000 for punitive damages.

Though it may be the first freedom delineated in our Charter, it doesn’t seem to matter if a human rights tribunal considers those words “hateful.”

Not even truth is a defence.

Watch as I review some of the well known targets of human rights tribunals and keep in mind that Trudeau’s Liberals are talking about bringing back Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, otherwise known as the “hurt feelings on the internet provision.

All in all, it’s a shameful day for Canada.

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commented 2016-07-22 18:07:35 -0400
Has anyone else used the word " outrageous" and realized they are expressing that sentiment daily and that the word no longer has any meaning ?
commented 2016-07-22 07:38:53 -0400
KEITH BARNES commented 12 hours ago
The Great Dicktraitor Trudeau rears his ugly head. How long will it be before a department of censorship is created.

Trudeau has NOTHING to do with this.
commented 2016-07-22 07:36:56 -0400

to, too, and two?
commented 2016-07-22 05:07:25 -0400
What does one expect from Politically Correct “Quebec Human Rights Commission”? Little mandarin bureaucrats running around making certain that no one can hurt another person’s feelings.

As for the Supreme Court, it has lost its way. The job is to interpret the law as written, not admen the law for hurt feelings.

If Baby Doc Trudeau decides to bring back section 13, is he to dumb (uh… uh… uh…) to understand that he can be brought before a “human rights” commission because, well, he hurts our collective feelings by spending us into the poor house.
commented 2016-07-21 23:14:08 -0400
So is that how Donald Trump got rich!
Sued all those hate speech Progressives?
He’s going to become even richer. Look what happened to Bill Gates.
commented 2016-07-21 21:08:45 -0400
Free speech comes with consequences.

People forget that part. You have the right to say whatever you want – but you can be fired, sued or have your life destroyed for the things you say.

People need to actually understand what free speech means, because freedom of speech is not a bullet proof vest.
commented 2016-07-21 20:03:31 -0400
Where can I donate to help pay his fine? I’m not defending what Mike said – just his right to say it.
commented 2016-07-21 19:57:50 -0400
The only way to stop Free Speech from being taken away is when the Left have it taken away from them.

Thus, Quit acting like you are better than they are, when the cons get elected, invoke measures to silence speech from liberals, which they will pout and cry injustice, then tell them to either allow freedom of speech on both side, or no sides
commented 2016-07-21 19:33:58 -0400
@allan Willy: Kerry Jang who sits on the Vancouver City Council and fancies himself the next Mayor takes great pride in being instrumental in shutting down one of those studies. Brain size has little to do with intelligence anyway. IQ is a poor indicator of character and bad science sucks anyway; but not as much as the inept interpretations of bad science.
commented 2016-07-21 19:25:14 -0400
From a comment made on You Tube regarding Twitter Censorship which also applies here:"Back in the day, and for me that’s way back, we used to say “sticks and stones will hurt my bones but names will never hurt me”. This society is crazy and I am glad I am on my way out, retired and entering my 70’s, for I would hate to be a young person just starting out in a world which is so politically correct that free speech no longer exists. For God’s sake, yes I AM a Christian, lighten up and realize that not every comment about a minority is racist, bigoted, sexist or whatever-phobic. I remember back in the day a professor of psychology, I believe, was conducting a study to attempt to prove that the black race were inferior in intelligence because their brains were smaller that the white race. His study was a dismal failure and proved that the black race was just as intelligent as the white race. Imagine a professor trying to do that study today. That professor’s attempt at proving inferiority backfired but today it would never be attempted and if it had never been done, perhaps there would be many people believing this falsehood to be true (kind of similar to some of the unscientific political and/or religious-like beliefs today which stray far from the true meaning of science and retrogress into the realm of medieval studies like alchemy!"
commented 2016-07-21 19:22:57 -0400
If someone poked a hole in my bubble wrap, I’d be pissed as well, since I could get hurt.
commented 2016-07-21 19:11:18 -0400
The Great Dicktraitor Trudeau rears his ugly head. How long will it be before a department of censorship is created.

All members of the Rebel would be required to submit their names and addresses and phone numbers to the censorship department, before being allowed to make a comment.

I foresee a lot of empty spaces.
commented 2016-07-21 18:35:49 -0400
I think we have to put things in perspective. This guy isn’t really a good poster boy for someone who’s rights to free expression have been infringed. He mocked a disabled child, quite relentlessly and over a long period of time, just to get some laughs. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/rights-tribunal-orders-quebec-comedian-to-pay-35000-to-young-singer-he-ridiculed

The right to free speech is never absolute in any society so the idea that I can say anything, no matter how vile or hurtful is a misnomer. He was asking for trouble and trouble found him. But he should look at the bright side: It could have been worse. South of the border he’d be sued and likely get a judgement that would make 42K seem paltry. What troubles me is that his loutish behaviour has now generated case law which will be used to go after people who are expressing themselves about topics other than whether a disabled child is ugly or should be dead.
commented 2016-07-21 17:51:15 -0400
Let’s hope Mike’s appeal results in the Human Rights Kangaroo Court’s power to adjudicate SJW butt-hurt over free speech being eliminated by the Supreme Court.
commented 2016-07-21 17:49:26 -0400
“Moral damages?” For 30 years, I have been listening to the left saying “you can’t impose your morality.” Now, they have become the Church Lady from SNL.
commented 2016-07-21 17:47:39 -0400

From time to time I will post some question for the so called smart asses

I’ll post the answer at the end of Ezra’s show
just another reason to watch just $8 bucks a mouth or $80 bucks a year
you lefties just think of all the comments you leave freedom of speech
commented 2016-07-21 17:38:55 -0400
Derek Harvie, that is exactly the way I feel right now. Canadians don’t seem to give a damn and I’m not certain if it because they aren’t paying attention to what is going on unless it affects their own daily life or whether it is because they are so brain damaged via political correctness bullying. Either way no one has the balls to step up to the plate on this and if Canadians think for one minute someone is going to come save them, they can forget it!! Our heroes all died saving our asses the last time!! AS for Trudeau and all the other political thugs reigning over us and our money, when things finally come to a boil – and they will, none of them will be here! They and their families along with all the money and assets they stole from us will be long gone to some safe, secure, peaceful, sovereign country while we are left fleeing for our lives! One person cannot change it. Canadians are traitors and cowards and must be sick of living!
commented 2016-07-21 17:32:11 -0400
From time to time I will post some question for the so called smart asses

I’ll post the answer at the end of Ezra’s show
just another reason to watch
commented 2016-07-21 17:31:39 -0400
Oh oh. Just this morning on her way out the door, Natasha asked me if her skinny jeans made her ass look fat. I told her only when the lights were on. I’m fucked.
commented 2016-07-21 17:26:26 -0400
Quebec is napoleonic law, not British Common.

Quebec is also the biggest socialist, unionized shithole in North America.

Speak English Mike and never go back to Quebec – it’s a place for dictators and morons.
commented 2016-07-21 17:21:40 -0400
It’s not looking good.
commented 2016-07-21 17:08:17 -0400
This country is a fucking joke and rotten to the core!! Fuck Canada. Fuck Socialism. Fuck Trudeau. Fuck Notley. Fuck Wynne! And fuck you if you support any of the above!