[The Province] As former B.C. journalist Nigel Hannaford points out in a recent paper for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, free speech in Canada is now policed by two parallel justice systems.
One is the regular court system, which administers the anti-hate provisions of the Criminal Code.
The other consists of a number of federal and provincial human-rights commissions, set up in the ’60s and ’70s to deal swiftly with abuses in the areas of employment and accommodation.
Driven by political agendas, these increasingly quirky commissions have now taken on what is, in effect, a censor’s role.