Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Petition to Repeal Section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act
[RadicalPress Comments: The Canadian Free Speech League, in regard to section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act, has decided to initiate a petition, (below) which they would like all concerned citizens to take as their personal commitment to communicate with the Honourable Rob Nicholson at the House of Commons in Ottawa.
It is the CFSL’s proposal to have section 13(1) of the Act abolished. There is a growing awareness that this is a possibility, but Mr. Harper seems to think that he needs the constituency that supports 13(1), and he therefore is not likely to respond except to overwhelming public pressure. CFSL hopes that you will take the time to educate your friends, get them to sign the petition and then forward it immediately to Mr. Nicholson, but also send a copy to the Canadian Free Speech League so they know how many he has received.
The CFSL will then be able to publish the results of this petition, which they hope gives overwhelming support for the abolition of sec 13(1) so that the government will at last pay attention.
Please copy the petition and paste it into a file such as Word and print it off. Add your own ruled and lined second page with the Name (Print), Address and Signature. Please then send or fax a copy to the Canadian Free Speech League. See address and fax number below.
Here’s an opportunity to do something concrete to try and help Canada retain its fundamental right to freedom of speech. Please help out.]
The Honourable Robert Nicholson, P.C., Q.C.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
284 Wellington Street
Canada K1A 0H8
Re: Section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act
Whereas Section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act has been amended since the Taylor case as a result of the anxiety created on September 11, 2001.
And whereas Section 13(1) now applies to the Internet and all forms of communication on it, whether within Canada or not, whether true or not.
And whereas Section 13(1) now applies to all mainstream media on the Internet and all commentary on controversial issues.
And whereas the use of the Internet to receive and transmit alternative or dissident ideas and views is vital to prevent a monopoly by mainstream media.
And whereas the Internet is voluntarily accessible and must be searched to retrieve dissident messages and is imposed on no one.
And whereas the majority of Canadians are able to think for themselves and are otherwise entrusted in a democracy with many onerous choices, such as voting, abortion, religious affiliation or non-religious affiliation, driving, walking, reading, speaking, and thinking for ourselves, and are responsible for our own children to this point in time.
And whereas Section 13(1) allows no defence to an offensive statement, a bona fide religious opinion, or an honest comment based on true facts, and allows no right to expression of a defence of another ethnic or religious group, all of which are provided as defences in Section 319(2) (hate speech) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Wherefore, the undersigned adult, tax-paying citizens of Canada are resolved and agreed that Section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act constitutes an insult to our intelligence, and delegates to a government bureaucrat of unknown political persuasion, the ability to decide for us questions, issues, and information we are quite capable of judging for ourselves. We are agreed this insult to our intelligence is open to abuse and has been abused by the bureaucracy of the Commission and its present and past employees, and no mere amendment of Section 13(1) could remedy this clear and present danger to our freedom.
Therefore, we hereby agree and demand that you, as Minister of Justice, should immediately, or as soon as possible, introduce legislation to repeal Section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act as an unreasonable limit on our inherent and solemn rights of freedom of expression and contrary to our democratic and free society.
Name (Print) Address Signature
Please forward a copy of this completed petition to its sponsor,
The Canadian Free Speech League
Box 101, 255 Menzies Street
Victoria, B.C. V8V 2G6