Canada has been using it’s Human Rights Laws as a plague against the freedoms of speech and press in the country. In most cases, it has been the The Canadian Version of CAIR the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC), to get the Canadian PC Police to go after the Writers/publishers who try to tell the truth about what is happening in the world. Unfortunately for the Canadian PC Police and their Islamists friends,they didn’t realize that their latest victims, Columnist/Author Mark Steyn, and Publisher/Writer Ezra Levant were adept ad defining themselves and they could rally a storm of bloggers to take up their case. See Fighting for Freedom of the Press in Canada ,Islamofacists Try To Censor Canadian Free Speech or Canada: The Police State Up North.Now FINALLY the, Canadian Association of Journalists has joined the fight to protect the freedom of speech in Canada. Good job guys but what took you so freeking long?
OTTAWA, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is
calling on federal and provincial governments to amend human rights
legislation to stop a pattern of disturbing attacks on freedom of speech.
Two recent cases spotlight the dangers of allowing state-backed agencies
to censor speech based on subjective perceptions of offensiveness - MacLean's
magazine, which is facing complaints in two provinces and nationally for an
article by syndicated columnist Mark Steyn, and Ezra Levant, the former
publisher of the Western Standard who is now before the Alberta Human Rights
Commission for his decision to publish the Danish cartoons of the Islamic
"Human rights commissions were never intended to act as a form of thought
police," said CAJ President Mary Agnes Welch. "But now they're being used to
chill freedom of expression on matters that are well beyond accepted Criminal
Code restrictions on free speech."
The CAJ supports Liberal MP Keith Martin's private members motion to have
section 13(1) of federal human rights legislation, the clause dealing with
published material, repealed. Similar provincial legislation should also be
amended as required.
"The lack of political leadership on this issue, apart from Mr. Martin
and a few others, is appalling," said Welch. "Even people who helped create
human rights commissions have said they were never meant to act as censors.
Since a number of commissions have accepted these complaints as worthy of
investigation, there clearly needs to be government direction to stop the
ongoing erosion of one of Canada's most fundamental rights."
The CAJ believes that laws of libel and slander, hate speech and other
provisions found within the Criminal Code provide sufficient restrictions on
freedom of speech. Human rights commissions, which are not bound by the same
rules of evidence of the courts, have become last-ditch end-arounds for those
who want to silence commentary they disagree with.
"Whether you agree with Steyn or Levant is immaterial. If they're
breaking no laws, they should have the right, in our democracy, to speak
freely," said Welch.
The CAJ will be monitoring the investigations in these two cases and
plans to intervene if the process moves to the tribunal stage. The CAJ,
however, strongly urges the Canadian human rights commission, as well of those
of Alberta, B.C. and Ontario, to simply dismiss these complaints completely.
The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization
with some 1,500 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary role is to
provide-public interest advocacy and high quality professional development for