There’s no monopoly on truth

John Carpay – National Post – There’s no monopoly on truth

The Canadian tradition of tolerance for polemical speech, even if considered hateful or extreme in its context, predates the Charter. In 1951 the Supreme Court of Canada acquitted a Jehovah’s Witness of seditious libel for distributing a pamphlet entitled Quebec’s Burning Hate for God and Christ and Freedom Is the Shame of All Canada, which contained extremely offensive statements about Quebec society, the clergy and the courts. Even if some listeners perceive it as hateful, polemical speech plays a crucial role in public debate.

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