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  •  Agreed. It is ridiculous. (0+ / 0-)

    Canada doesn't have constitutional free speech protections like the U.S., so the government can throw into jail for "offending" someone. Fortunately it is not the case here, where freedom of speech means freedom of speech, even if you're offending 99.99999% of the population (http://en.wikipedia.org/...)...

    And even Canada repealed Section 13, which was the cause behind most of the hate speech lawsuits.

    •  I've never understood this talking point. (1+ / 0-)
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      wiki's first sentence:

      "Freedom of speech in Canada is protected as a "fundamental freedom" by Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms."
      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      wiki's first sentence on the Charter:

      The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (also known as The Charter of Rights and Freedoms or simply the Charter, French: La Charte canadienne des droits et libertés) is a bill of rights entrenched in the Constitution of Canada.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      I know right-wing Americans don't like hate speech laws but as a Canadian I don't like American censorship of speech on TV and radio; I tried to watch the PBS show about the National Theater of London's 50th anniversary but most of it was bleeped out. Talk about nanny state. Try American freedom of speech at the airport (you know which words will have you in permanent lock-up). Don't get me started on the NSA listening to everybody's calls.

      American "freedom of speech" is limited and so is Canada's. There is no reason for the limitations to be identical; their development reflects differences in the respective environments.

      •  America has stronger freedom of speech. (0+ / 0-)

        Canada might protect freedom of speech to an extent, but the protections aren't nearly strong as the U.S. In America, you can burn the flag, picket funerals of soldiers, and it is legal. In Canada, you can get charges for saying a word wrong about a "protected minority". Canada also allows parliament to suspend parts of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Quebec banned non-French commercial signs that way).

        If "hate speech" can be banned, then why can't the government decide to ban LGBT organizations from operating or maybe outlaw pride parades, as many democratic countries have done? Freedom of speech means freedom of speech, and I support the right of the Westboro Baptist Church to carry out the most outrageously offensive demonstrations.

        Here's what the ACLU says about free speech, and I agree with it 100%: https://www.aclu.org/...

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