Killing Free Speech in Canada
Canada already has hate speech laws in its criminal code, according to which anyone who publicly "incites [or willfully promotes] hatred against any identifiable group" commits an indictable offence". The "identifiable group "includes "any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or mental or physical disability." Section 318 prohibits advocating or promoting genocide.
If Canada's government proves sympathetic to the
new recommendations of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and
Human Rights, the prospects for free speech in Canada look increasingly bleak.