June 04, 2019

Mark Steyn: “Nothing going on in Canada justifies the return of” Section 13

David MenziesMission Specialist

Author Mark Steyn was in Ottawa today, testifying before a Justice Committee exploring the reinstatement of Section 13, the internet censorship provision of Canada's Human Rights Act that was deemed unconstitutional in 2013 and repealed by the Harper government.

Steyn was prosecuted in three Canadian jurisdictions under this law, over his Maclean's cover story about Islam and changing Western demographics. 

Right after he testified this morning, we talked about his experience testifying before today's committee, and he explained why he still believes that Section 13 and other censorship measures do nothing to keep Canadians safe, and in fact leave society worse off.

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commented 2019-06-05 22:19:35 -0400
The last time section 13 was in force Richard Warman was the only person who actually invoked it….the most recent invokation of Criminal Code 319 was Richard Warman and Warren Kinsella championed….that’s a potential Quigley…;—)
commented 2019-06-04 23:32:06 -0400
KEITH BARNES commented 4 hours ago
The silence of the lambs, who stand still while their throats are cut, is loud in our ears, for as we are led toward our graves by this despot who calls himself Prime Minister we say nothing.

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If you don’t already have one…aquire a spokesman with a small mouth that says “NOOOOOOOOO!!!!”….at 125db…..
commented 2019-06-04 22:28:58 -0400
Could the conversion of Canada to a totalitarian state be more obvious at this point?
I wonder why the left doesn’t get it, even after all the rest of Jihadi-Justin-Groper’s socialist authoritarianism…I guess that’s why all those useful-idiot lefties were turned into moral relativists – and so gleefully embraced it…
Didn’t Canada’s own Supreme Hug-a-thug Judicial Tyrannists (Supreme Court) declare Section 13 unconstitutional under PM Harper’ Conservatives? If not for Cabinet orders and other dictatorial fiats, how can the alleged son of Pierre just bring back what was declared unconstitutional?!
commented 2019-06-04 22:09:18 -0400
Wish I could have heard Mark Steyn addressing this committee.
But without cameras, we must hear no evil, see no evil and would never be able to quote one of the ‘conservatives’.
Keep us in the dark and feed us mushrooms.
commented 2019-06-04 22:07:31 -0400
Mark Steyn just said it, it’s ok for the Muslims/Imam to speak hate, but if you quote him, you’re guilty of hate speech.
That’s what that Suri did with Cooper. Suri was inciting hate for conservatives in his comment and no one did anything about it. But as soon as Cooper repeated a quote, he’s guilty.
Thanks Mark. You hit the nail on the head.
commented 2019-06-04 21:19:07 -0400
Peoplekind, wake up!
commented 2019-06-04 20:19:26 -0400
“Justin, we have so much in common. You were always one of my good friends”.

“Uncle” Joe Stalin
commented 2019-06-04 19:56:06 -0400
Oh well, I’m not worried.

After all, Andrew “Tiger” Scheer has our backs!

Right?
commented 2019-06-04 19:52:33 -0400
Orwell was only off by 35 years or so.
commented 2019-06-04 19:39:10 -0400
Its just another step in Baby Doc Trudeau’s dream of creating a little dictatorship. He has taken care of the press, he installed speech laws, has begun naming those against him as essentially enemies of either the state or the planet, intends to control the Internet in Canada deciding what is acceptable to publish or upload, and has tried to remove his enemies or those he conceives as enemies from public view.

Thought, language, opinion and speech police. How wonderful.

He is a socialist at heart, believes in state control of everything, has yet to meet a dictator he doesn’t like, and is trying hard to become another Baby Doc Duvalier – so far without the summary executions. He has given away enough of our taxes that foreign nations won’t complain about what they see else the tap may be closed; then again, money has been given to dictatorships that won’t see anything wrong in what he is doing,

Its an ugly road we are stumbling down.
commented 2019-06-04 19:36:53 -0400
This is a great interview, well worth watching more than once.
My favourite moment is around the 2:55 mark when Mr. Steyn says “…well, so what?”

I couldn’t have said it better. A great moment.
commented 2019-06-04 19:35:10 -0400
Canada needs Mark Steyn. Much more Mark Steyn.
Thank you for testifying Mark.
commented 2019-06-04 19:17:25 -0400
The silence of the lambs, who stand still while their throats are cut, is loud in our ears, for as we are led toward our graves by this despot who calls himself Prime Minister we say nothing.
Take away their firearms, take away their right to speak freely, take away their private transportation, (Carbon Tax being just the beginning)Take away their homes and give them to Migrants and what do they have left? Nothing……………A long silent nothing.
commented 2019-06-04 17:09:17 -0400
I disagree, I think the reinstatement of Section 13 is a done deal. Just like the C-71 gun ban and back door registry was. Passed by the Senate without any change in the original Liberal draft after months of (faux) debate and so-called expert testimony; so will we be pillared by a new & improved Liberal Section 13. The commission is just a pretense to support the Liberal predetermined conclusion. Section 13 is just another tool in the Liberal assault on free speech and censorship of anyone they deem unworthy. Just as Erza showcased in his book: Shakedown: How our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights, virtually everyone that comes before these tribunals is found guilty and convicted before having a chance to be heard.
commented 2019-06-04 16:52:36 -0400
Muzzling Canadians because the govt does not want to hear their true feelings on things like Trudeau’s idiotic policies