The fight for free speech in Canada is not over

- February 8th, 2013

Mark Steyn, free speech fighter!

Last June many of us who had been fighting to end Canada’s ridiculous internet censorship law breathed a big sigh of relief. Conservative MP Brian Storseth’s bill to remove section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act had passed third reading and was on its way to becoming law.

Yet here we are eight months after the bill was voted through the House of Commons and it is still not passed into law. Why?

Because the bill is stuck in the Senate, that upper chamber of sober second thought.

The bill was introduced in the Senate, and is supported, by Conservative Doug Finley.  But since June when Finley introduced the bill two Conservatives have spoken out against C-304 and in favour of section 13 – Pierre Claude Nolin and Nancy Ruth.

This bill, which is a private members bill and therefore does not have the full endorsement of the government, is not assured of passing the Senate.

Those of us who want to see a balance restored in the area of free speech and who support this bill need to take steps now to ensure its passage. We need to write to our senators and let them know that this bill is important and has public support.

You can find a list of senators here, find one or two from your province and write them a well thought out and polite letter. No sense making them think only angry people support this bill.

I’ve been on this story from early on. This is how I met both Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn.

As the Wonder Twins of Canada’s human rights systems were going through their respective ordeals, I was working as a reporter for Newstalk 1010 in Toronto and CJAD 800 in Montreal. I reached out to both of them and asked for interviews so that I could bring their stories to a wider audience.

Remarkably I was the first reporter to ask Prime Minister Stephen Harper about section 13 despite Macleans being part of Steyn’s ordeal and the magazine having several reporters on the Hill.

But while I’ve brought people stories about this for the last half decade others have taken real lumps and continue to pay the price for standing up for free speech. It was the bloggers of Canada who really pushed this story and rallied the troops to the cause.

Right now two bloggers in particular, Five Feet of Fury and Blazing Cat Fur, are dealing with legal bills that ultimately stem from their fight for a return to Canada’s longstanding legal tradition of free speech. They don’t have the cash and could use your help. Even $5 or $20 will go a long way if enough people dip into their pockets and put cash in the hat.

You don’t need to agree with everything that these two bloggers say in order to support them, that is part of the deal with free speech. They have long stood for your right to speak your mind, can you help them now that they need help?

Categories: Politics

Subscribe to the post

5 comments

  1. Privateer says:

    The fight for a lot of freedoms is not over. In the last 50 years Canadian Citizens have been repeatedly papered over with multiple layers of Federal,Provincial and Municipal laws. Each level convinced that we can live our lives better if there was just one more law to control us. Cops have to have computers in their cars just to know what laws we broke and can therefore fill out the “Tax Donation” form appropriately. I am ashamed of my generation and the waves of underemployed lawyers and equally underemployed politicians (most of the time both are the same), that have unleashed this scourge on the non 1%. The only reason for instance we have so many cops, is that they are required when the people try and re-assert their rights (G20 Style), as long as they are not 1st nations (they shoot back with high Calibre rifles, we do not want to play that game, we could get hurt).

  2. Bruce MacKinnon says:

    Free speech seems only for liberals. Anything that does not agree with liberal theology, er, I mean ideology, is considered right-wing extremism….

    When do we have a say?

  3. James says:

    Lilley and his fellow neo-clowns at Sun News Network need to be put out to pasture. How do you like free speech now?

  4. Less1leg says:

    When 90% of the total media is liberal based and 100% of the educational system is liberal based. The message of conservatives is lost in the calls by the left progressives.
    If you debate a liberal it quickly degenerates into a name calling anti this anti that debacle. What’s worse, show up a progressive and the only weapon left by progressives is to total eradicate the opposition. Such as remove their right to speak. We see the call to remove a Rush Limbaugh or Glen Beck. Even in Canada the closure of Sun Media or the reluctance to permit Sun Media to enjoy the same privileges as used by CNC, CTV, Global, etc.
    progressives don’t want competition or have their cozy nests ruffled.

  5. dave p says:

    @James: Calling people names and those with different views irrelevant are tactics used by those who have lost the argument with logic.
    I love free speech especially your kind it proves were winning so keep it up!

Comments are closed.