Bill to Remove Section 13 from Human Rights Code



September 28, 2011

ARPA Note: On the one hand, the likely passage of a bill that would reform the Canadian Human Rights Act is good news, especially to many ARPA readers who have devoted much time to increasing awareness of the problems of the Canadian Human Rights Commission in their communities. However, a conservative government should be doing much more. With so many problems, and such widespread opposition, the commission, code, and tribunal need to be addressed with a substantial government bill that includes many reforms beyond eliminating Section 13. 

National Post, Sept 28 2011: A Tory MP plans to introduce legislation as early as Friday calling for the repeal of a section in the federal human rights code banning hate speech over the Internet. Despite being a backbencher, Brian Storseth is convinced the bill will succeed because nearly every Tory MP opposes Section 13, and he believes the Harper government wants to see it repealed. “Section 13 suppresses the basic right to freedom of speech in our society that is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights & Freedoms,” said Mr. Storseth, who represents the Alberta riding of Westlock-St. Paul. Keep reading

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