Censorship is coming back to Canada. Now, you knew that. But it’s also coming back in a very specific, symbolic way:
Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Internet censorship provision that was abolished when Stephen Harper was prime minister in 2013 — that censorship provision is now being studied by Trudeau’s government.
I can assure you they will revive it. In 2013, every Liberal MP (and every NDP MP) except one voted to save Section 13. So now that the Liberals are in power, of course they'll bring it back.
TONIGHT I'll remind you what happened when Section 13 was the law of the land, including my own experience with it, when I was persecuted for publishing the so-called "Danish cartoons" of Mohammed in my old magazine. This law had a 100% conviction rate — because, as I'll explain, it was impossible NOT to be found guilty, as the law was written.
The law was also used against Mark Steyn, and he'll be one of those testifying on Parliament Hill tomorrow, against the Liberals' attempts to bring it back.
A lot of Muslim pressure groups have been invited by the Liberals to argue for this censorship.
And one of the pro-censorship lobbyists they brought in was named Faisal Khan Suri, a Muslim lobbyist from Alberta.
During his testimony, Faisal Suri linked hate with murder; and he specifically linked murder to conservatives.
And a Conservative on the Justice Committee, Michael Cooper, didn’t like that much.
He said the witness should be ashamed of himself. and I thought it was very effective for Cooper to read into the record what the terrorist in New Zealand said — because Suri said the terrorist was a conservative; the terrorist said very clearly that he was not. I thought that was important and useful.
But course the rest of the MPs, all the Liberals, had a freak-out. They’re not used to a Conservative fighting back.
As for Andrew Scheer, he’s not a fighting back kind of Conservative himself, is he? fired him from the committee where he was co-chair, and obiovusly ordered him to apologize, but it sounded more like a hostage message.
Now the world knows: if you smear Scheer or any of his team or staff or anyone near him, he’ll panic. He’ll literally fire the vice chair of a committee because, well I’m not even sure why.
I haven’t seen the Conservatives say a word against bringing back Section 13, or about Trudeau's plans to ban “fake news” from Facebook, or about free speech or censorship at all, actually.
I think the censorship rules will be rammed through without opposition. Andrew Scheer believes that if he just stays quiet, he’ll sail into victory in October's election.
I think he’s wrong.
And I think worse than that, letting his enemies make him fire his own loyal soldiers?
Well, I think we’ve just seen a quick glimpse at a dire weakness that I’m sure his enemies will exploit mercilessly...