Stephen Harper’s Conservatives voted to repeal section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act in 2013.
That’s the censorship provision that made it an offence to hurt someone’s feelings.
But now the Liberals are looking to bring it back, and to my horror, Andrew Scheer’s conservatives haven’t lifted a finger against it.
They’re not actively cheering it on — that I can see. But they have made a team decision, party-wide, not to champion freedom of speech.
I can’t name a more important issue for conservatives, actually. It’s more important than taxes, or immigration, or fighting terrorism and respecting our military; it’s more important than any trade deal, more important than criminal justice. Because if you don’t have free speech, you can’t talk meaningfully about any of those other issues.
When he ran for leader of the Conservatives, Scheer promised to fight for free speech — especially on campus. He sounded good on that. But since then, he’s literally deleted that policy from his website. You can’t find it. And he’s gone wobbly — out of fear of the media. Fear that he’ll be demonized, too.
During recent hearings on the subject, at the Liberal-run Justice Committee, Michael Cooper, a conservative MP from St Albert, dared to push back at the hateful assertion by a Muslim lobbyist that conservatives were to blame for mass murder in New Zealand. Cooper pushed back, saying the terrorist himself there denied that he was a conservative, in fact, said he admired Communist China. It was true, and it was a rebuttal to a false accusation. But after the Liberals said they were all offended — Scheer literally fired Cooper.
And weirdly, Scheer ordered the remaining conservatives on the committee to vote to turn off the video cameras when Mark Steyn, Lindsay Shepherd and John Robson testified at that committee. How crazy is that? The Conservatives invited them to testify — presumably for free speech. They showed up. And then the conservative MPs literally voted to turn off the cameras, so the world couldn’t see them arguing for freedom. And according to Andrew Lawton, who was right there, the order came from Scheer himself.
What is going on? Why is not a single Conservative MP allowed to even talk about this issue? Why are they not just being passive, but actively voting to suppress witnesses?
Well, I guess because there was one man who didn’t vote to repeal section 13 — Andrew Scheer himself, who was the speaker of the house and thus didn’t vote. What an irony — the man who controlled everyone’s freedom of speech in Parliament, the man who was effectively the judge of the court of Parliament, who could demand an MP retract a statement — maybe, just maybe, he fell in love with the power to regulate speech. How else can you explain it?
So what about you? I know that most people watching my shows are Conservative Party members. I would ask you to sign a petition to Justin Trudeau to have him stop Section 13, but I know that Trudeau wouldn’t listen.
But what if I asked you to sign a petition to Andrew Scheer himself. To take off the whip from his own MPs. To let them be true conservatives — to stand up for freedom of speech.
Don’t let Harper’s work be undone. Don’t go quietly along with Justin Trudeau and Karina Gould. And don’t, for God’s sake, be an active participant in it, by censoring Mark Steyn and others.
SIGN OUR PETITION NOW
It’s simple. You can see it below. It simply says:
"We call upon Andrew Scheer to stand up for freedom of speech by opposing the revival of section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.”
That’s it. He promised he’d be for free speech when he ran for the leadership. His Party was unanimously for free speech under Stephen Harper. The country needs free speech. We need an effective opposition. It’s easy for him to do — if he’s worried about what the country thinks.
But these days — I’m worried he cares more about what the Media Party thinks.
Please sign our petition and I’ll personally deliver it to Andrew Scheer myself.
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We call upon Andrew Scheer to stand up for freedom of speech by opposing the revival of section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.