At first that is how I looked at this story
The answer is obviously no. In Canada there is a definite lean toward free speech no matter what many think. So far, Canada hasn’t gone down the road of the EU or Britain – you are allowed to say what you think – and people are allowed to be offended, as it should be.
Debate over the power of the human rights commission to probe complaints of hate speech on the Internet has been festering for about one year, mainly in online blogs but with a sprinkling of coverage in the mainstream news media.
A key issue is whether the commission’s mandate in the field is already outdated and restricts free speech among the mushrooming numbers of bloggers and online publications.
The investigative power over hate speech was first created more than 30 years ago to apply to telephone communications but the law was expanded in 2001 to include the Internet.
Critics contend that the human rights power, which was intended to shut down egregious dissemination of hate propaganda, is being abused with nuisance complaints that would not survive a court challenge.
And that is the crux of the matter. People were saying – and do say; that as they are being offended then their human rights are being infringed – I have to wholly disagree. I can only say that on this blog hate speech will not be tolerated – yet free speech is abound, even those who 100% disagree with me and other posters. Say it and back it up.
I have to commend those who are doing this in Ottawa.
Liberal MP Keith Martin has introduced a private members’ motion to eliminate the commission’s investigative power to police the Internet and he says he will lobby the all-party Commons justice committee to hold public hearings and submit a report that he hopes will become the basis for government legislation.
Critics, including Martin, also contend there are hate-crime laws in the Criminal Code to punish true offenders, rather than those who have merely offended rather than promoted hate.
“We have a right to be protected from hate speech but we do not have a right not to be offended,” he said
Couldn’t agree more. It’s also called common-sense!