Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Irwin Cotler - NO Friend of Freedom (Cotler Supports Section 13 - 100%)

Irwin Cotler - NO Friend of Freedom


Liberal MP Irwin Cotler has been in the news lately in regards to Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act (Canada’s totalitarian internet censorship provision)  [Chronicle Herald] [Ezra Levant] [National Post] [Free speech, hate, and the Jews] [Deborah Gyapong]





Here is a letter to the editor I sent to the Chronicle Herald today:


I am Marc Lemire, the respondent in the case which will be heard on March 25th in Ottawa. Your article and interview with Irwin Cotler was interesting. In my case I have brought a constitutional challenge to the section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. (See:

Mr. Cotler was the Attorney General of Canada when the decision was made to intervene in my case for the purpose of upholding the constitutionality of the law. The notification of intervention was made on Feb 3, 2006, just a few days before Mr. Cotler ended his tenure as Attorney General.

Mr. Cotler supports section 13 strongly.  In a speech given as Attorney General of Canada before the Special Committee of the Senate on the Anti-Terrorism Act (the statute which extended section 13 to the Internet) on Monday, February 21, 2005, He set out what he believed were the "foundational principles" upon which the Act was founded. He stated:

"Principle 10: The Anti-Hate Principle

This principle – yet another variation of the minority rights principle - seeks to protect visible minorities from any Hate on the Internet or in the public communications sphere, which can have the effect, not only of singling them out as targets of hatred, but also as targets of terrorist acts.

Thus, our anti-terrorism law includes important provisions that would allow the courts to order the deletion of publicly available hate propaganda from computer systems such as an Internet site. As well, there are Criminal Code amendments that would create a new offence of mischief motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on religion, race, colour or national or ethic origin, committed against a place of religious worship or associated religious property.

In addition, there are amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act to make it clear that using telephone, Internet, or other communication tools for hatred purposes or discrimination is prohibited. This is particularly important in light of the Internet's ability to "extend the potential reach of hate messages to millions."

It is curious that anyone would believe that Irwin Cotler would support the repeal of section 13.


More Cotler information:







Biased and Unfair | TRUTH is NO Defence | 100% Convictions | Lifetime Speech bans



Stop Section 13:


Marc Lemire Legal Case and CHRC Documents



FACTUM - Written Submissions on Constitutional Challenge of Section 13 and 54 of the Canadian Human Rights Act  (This is a MUST read)