Canadian freedom of speech seen by Australia as a joke

The Australian

Canada’s deadly tongue trap

James Allan | June 06, 2008

HERE is a little known fact about Canada. It is today a country where you can say or write things that are true and yet still be brought before a tribunal.

That tribunal can fine you; it can order you to pay money to the people who complained about your words; it can force you to issue an apology; it can do all three.

That’s not all, though. The people who complained will not need to hire a lawyer.

Their costs will be picked up by the state, by the taxpayers.

You, on the other hand, will have to hire a lawyer to defend yourself. And there will be no award of costs at the end, so that even if you win, you will still be out of pocket to your lawyers tens of thousands of dollars.

Of course, you will not win.

Why? Because in the entire history of these Canadian tribunals, hearing these cases, those people like you who have been hauled before these tribunals have never won – not one single time.

The complainants always win.

This amazing inroad into free speech will surely come as a surprise to most Australians, not least because in so many ways Canada is the country closest to ours in terms of constitutional and democratic history….(Full Story)

James Allan’s article describes a Canadian institution for censoring of the truth with the full and totalitarian power of judicial bureaucrats. A Canadian human rights tribunal brought the Report Newsmagazine to its knees and heavily contributed to causing it to stop publishing. Here is Link Byfield’s reaction to the 2002 decision by the Alberta Human Rights Commission against the Report Newsmagazine. Link Byfield’s public response to the Alberta Human Rights Commission should, more accurately, be called a farewell to freedom of speech in Canada.

Incidentally, Ezra Levant took over where the Report Newsmagazine left off. His newsmagazine Western Standard (now also no longer published) had filled the niche left by the Report Newsmagazine. However, as of now the Western Standard’s website and shotgun-blog are still alive and well.

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