Catholic Insight: Freedom of expression and the “Conservative” government

Freedom of expression is a right guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, yet, “The Attorney General of Canada” along with others is an intervenor in the Lemire case. Free speech is either free or it is not. Are not politically correct words like “reasonable restriction on freedom of speech” weapons used to suppress what people can say? (We already have laws of libel and defamation, so is there any need for “reasonable restrictions?”)

We may not like what people say, but in the words of Voltaire: “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” In Canada today, we are seeing the death of free speech. Anything you say may be taken down and used against you and reported to unelected, appointed Human Rights Commissars (HRCs). Those dragged before these Stalinist tribunals have to pay for their own lawyers and their own defence. Meanwhile their accusers are given a free ride. Therefore, one has to ask, has freedom in Canada become subject to the approval of certain powerful groups who appear to be able to have their way with governments?

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