Section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act Abolished?
As you know, a great deal of celebration occurred among those of us who value free speech when the House of Commons by a substantial majority passed the legislation to abolish Section 13(1) from the Canadian Human Rights Act. Little did we know that by sleight of hand the Senate was going to filibuster to slow and perhaps even defeat the amendments which would have removed Section 13(1).
The abolition of Section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act has not been accomplished and will not be accomplished until the Senate passes legislation which authorizes its abolition. We would suggest that you write to the government leader in the Senate, Marjory LeBreton, and urge the government to more diligently pursue this legislation, since if it dies on the order paper in the Senate, Section 13(1) will survive. No one knows how long the existing government’s majority may last, or indeed how long the Senate may hold up this legislation. There has to be some public pressure and an expression of the desire of each of us to see this odious piece of legislation finally abolished.
Marjory LeBreton can be contacted by writing to:
The Senate of Canada,
The article is from the Canadian Free Speech League.
January/February 2013 Friends of Freedom newsletter.
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