New definition of hate to be included in Liberal bill that might also revive contentious hate speech law


Federal legislation expected to be tabled within weeks will see a new statutory definition of hate and could also see the reincarnation of a controversial hate speech law. The government has not ruled out introducing a form of a controversial hate speech law that was widely criticized over free speech rights. The law, Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, was repealed in 2013 after critics said it amounted to censorship.

The concern is that that any definition of hate "will be inherently subjective and prone to an expansive interpretation that could improperly capture all kinds of expression that the government has no business censoring."

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