The Criminalization of Dissent in Canada – Attacks on Free Speech
The use of criminal laws to silence dissent is increasing in Canada.
This is especially true if you criticize the Government of Ontario. This "democratic" government will use the force of criminal law to silence any policy questions.
Two recent cases highlight the problem.
They stand in sharp contrast to where multiple other charges should have been laid but were not.
The bias by the government in these cases is clear.
In one case, Joseph Porco of Ontario was charged with mischief for writing "no more Muslims" on benches in bus shelters.
He was convicted and sentenced to five months in jail. In sentencing, Mr Justice Ferhan Javed said. "It does not matter that he wasn't charged with a specific hate crime because this was a hate crime disguised as mischief."
Joseph Porco has been diagnosed with a delusional disorder with persecutory features. His mental health may have been a factor in his behaviour, "but I simply can't be sure of this," the judge said. The judge also added: "There can be no other rational inference to be drawn except that he targeted a segment of the community based on religious grounds." Mr Porco's message was both hateful and hurtful to the community and needs to be deterred."
So, a quick analysis of the decision here. The police did not charge Joseph Porco with a hate crime, but rather mischief. The judge, however, took it upon himself to describe this as a "hate crime disguised as mischief."
We can say that free speech is directly under attack and one of the greatest threats to free speech is the government which want to silence any criticism. These kinds of governments are especially terrified of those who draw attention to the foreign political ideology of the Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Khomeneists. Are we Islamophobic if we speak out against this? Will we go to jail or be detained at border crossings in so-called democratic states? Yes, we will . . .
Then there is the pending trial of Kevin Johnston.
He is a former Mississauga mayoral candidate and politely put, is rather outspoken.
He was charged by Peel Regional police with a hate crime on July 24th, 2017 after approval from Attorney General Yasir Naqvi.
Approval from the Attorney General is required in Ontario for hate crimes cases.
What horrible hate crime did Mr Johnston commit?
Did he advocate genocide? Did he ask for the killing of a specific group of people?
He publicly offered the cash reward of 1000 dollars for anyone who would provide him with video footage of Friday Muslim Prayers in taxpayer-funded public schools in Ontario.
In Mississauga, about 17 of 19 public schools now have Friday prayers run by Muslim Student Association spinoff groups.
Only a male can lead the prayer and the sermon. Boys sit at the front, girls at the back and unclean girls must sit at the very back or outside of the room. Unclean girls are those on their periods.
This practice is, of course, a clear violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and it is occurring in taxpayer-funded public spaces