Do you remember Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act?
It was the censorship provision, that banned anything “likely to” expose a person to “hatred or contempt”.
That’s absurd — hatred and contempt are human emotions. You can’t legislate emotions.
Under Section 13, truth was no defence. "Fair comment" was no defence.
So not surprisingly, for decades, the law had a 100 per cent conviction rate.
At first, the Human Rights Commissions' kangaroo courts went after working class whites who made politically incorrect jokes online.
Then they turned on me and my old Western Standard magazine, for publishing the Danish cartoons of Mohammed. They also prosecuted Mark Steyn and Maclean’s magazine for criticizing radical Islam.
That finally led to a backlash, and the Conservative government repealed Section 13 in 2012.
It was a small win for freedom, but it only happened because Harper had a majority.
In fact, one of Trudeau’s favourite Liberal MPs, Irwin Cotler, later introduced a private member’s bill to put Section 13 back.
That was in 2015, right after we started The Rebel. At the time, I explained that Cotler's bill would literally let the Human Rights Commission keep the identity of a complainant secret from the public.
Secret complaints by secret enemies, about politically incorrect people to be silenced.
That’s the Liberal idea.
So here’s the news today:
"Ottawa looking into restoring repealed online hate speech law, Langley activist learns: Correspondence with federal minister reveals the federal government is looking into bringing law back"
The way this story reads, this "Langley activist" is a bit of an internet crank. I think he’d be called a troll. But he calls himself an anti-hate crusader. And he wants the government to censor his enemies.
Do you doubt it’s coming?
In our age of "trigger warnings" and "safe spaces," of course it is.
If Trudeau brings back Section 13, it will sail through Parliament.
Andrew Scheer and the timid federal Conservatives won’t even put up a fuss.
And when it does pass, they’ll come for us first...
Maverick undercover journalist James O'Keefe (author of American Pravda: My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News) joins me to talk about his latest "Project Veritas" video expose, this time revealing Twitter's methods for "banning" politically incorrect users.
Then another journalist, Canada's Christine Williams, discusses being fired from the board of an anti-racism agency, over an allegedly "Islamophobic" article.
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