Section 13 One Step Closer to Being Eliminated

16 Feb 2012 Section 13 One Step Closer to Being Eliminated

Last night the House of Commons voted 158 to 131 to pass Bill C-304 “An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom).” The bill, introduced by MP Brian Storseth, seeks to ensure greater protection of freedom of expression in Canada by removing the government’s power to censor speech through section 13 and 54 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. It will now go to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights where it will be studied in detail. This vote is critical because it shows that a majority of MPs (though not by a large margin) recognize the serious problems with the Canadian Human Rights Act and are willing to stand up against it. Read more about it at ARPA’s campaign site www.HumanRightsCommissions.ca. 


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