Inspired by my recent face to face with Liberal MP Michael Ignatieff, one of my readers emailed him about fellow Liberal Keith Martin’s private members bill to eliminate Section 13.1 of the “hate speech” laws — the one with the “likely” clause that makes pretty much any comment on any subject is potentially illegal.
My reader got this reply via email:
…thanks for your message about Keith Martin’s proposal. It blindsided the party, so we’re still working past that problem to look at the merits. I don’t want a free speech chill, but I also don’t want open season on minorities. So Im still working on it.
So Ignatieff fears that angry white Canadians are just dying to attack “minorities” and only a single sentence in Canadian law is preventing genocide?
(A law that, for years, was invoked primarily by one single solitary Canadian citizen?)
Or: is there some new fatal virus that’s spread by “hateful” words and causes “hurt feelings” leading to death?
One of the most famous victims of Section 13.1, Ezra Levant, is a minority (a Jew) being persecuted by another minority (a Muslim.)
Similarly, other HRC cases involve non-minorities (Christians) being persecuted by minorites (gays).
Ignatieff’s got hold of the wrong end of the telescope.
It’s open season BY minorities we have to do something about.