Friday, September 30, 2011

Bill C-304 - An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom)

Conservative MP Brian Storseth introduced a Private Members bill today in the House of Commons to repeal the Internet censorship provisions of the Canadian "Human Rights" Act.   This is great news for freedom!


Conservative MP Brian Storseth


Here is Mr. Storseth introducing the bill in the House of Commons:


House of Commons Debates


 
     He said: Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this House to introduce a bill entitled “An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom)”.

 
    Freedom of speech is a fundamental principle in our democracy and one which Canadians have fought and died for, for over a century. This is not a fight that one Canadian can take on himself, but rather an issue that all Canadians must engage in vigorously.

 
     In this, I would like to thank my friends and colleagues such as Senator Finley and the member for St. Catharines who have rigorously pursued a freer, more open society, and resisted the tyrannical instincts of bureaucracy to censor speech in our great country.

 
    Freedom of speech is the freedom that all other freedoms are built on. It cannot be restrained to the politically correct. The best way to fight bigotry is to ensure that we protect and enhance our fundamental freedoms in this great country of ours. That is why I ask all members in this House to support this bill that protects the fundamental building block of democracy: freedom of speech. God bless.

     (Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

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 [http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Pub=Hansard&Doc=24&Parl=41&Ses=1&Language=E&Mode=1#TOC-TS-1205]


The text of Bill C-304 reads as follows:


BILL C-304
 
An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom)

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACT

1. Section 4 of the Canadian Human Rights Act is replaced by the following:

4. A discriminatory practice, as described in sections 5 to 14.1, may be the subject of a complaint under Part III and anyone found to be engaging or to have engaged in a discriminatory practice may be made subject to an order as provided in section 53.

2. Section 13 of the Act is repealed.
 

3. Paragraph 40(5)(b) of the Act is replaced by the following:

(b) occurred in Canada and was a discriminatory practice within the meaning of section 5, 8, 10 or 12 in respect of which no particular individual is identifiable as the victim;

4. The portion of subsection 53(2) of the Act before paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:

(2) If at the conclusion of the inquiry the member or panel finds that the complaint is substantiated, the member or panel may make an order against the person found to be engaging or to have engaged in the discriminatory practice and include in the order any of the following terms that the member or panel considers appropriate:

5. Section 54 of the Act is repealed.
 

6. Section 57 of the Act is replaced by the following:

57. An order under section 53 may, for the purpose of enforcement, be made an order of the Federal Court by following the usual practice and procedure or by the Commission filing in the Registry of the Court a copy of the order certified to be a true copy.

COMING INTO FORCE

7. This Act comes into force on the day that is one year after the day on which it receives royal assent.