We doubt it’s a coincidence that the CHRC released a new page on their website to “expand knowledge” of Section 13. The CHRC has taken a beating in the press the past couple of months, and this release looks to calm the masses. The highlights:
Does Canada have an equivalent to the First Amendment?
Is section 13 consistent with international human rights law?
Well then, we feel better already. As long as we’re like Norway, Italy, and Luxembourg, but not the dumb Yanks, game on. By way of making everyone comfy, a Canadian justice puts it this way:
It seems fair to say that the American view is becoming a minority one in the world. Canada is part of what appears to be growing global consensus, which observes that careful restrictions of some forms of speech are both desirable and necessary.
Sounds better than Thomas Jefferson to us. Still no word on what “some forms of speech” means, who decides what they are, and who decides what is “desirable.”