Canadians, Contact Your Senator About Bill C-34: Let's Get a Move On!
What ever happened to Bill C-304? That was the private member’s bill passed last June abolishing Sec. 13 (Internet censorship) of the Canadian Human Rights Act. It passed the House of Commons last June, went to the Senate and just seemed to disappear. For this totalitarian piece of political correctness to disappear it must pass the Senate and then receive Royal Consent (the latter a formality). We get the feeling that the human wrongs crowd has some friends in the Red Chamber.
Bill C-304 is currently before the Senate for second reading. The Senate doesn’t have the tight agenda that the Commons does. Thus, any Senator may speak on any agenda item on a given date. Sen. Runciman’s office said a number of senators still seem to want to speak to the bill before it gets sent on to committee for clause by clause study and, then, third and final reading. The Senate sponsor of the bill is Sen. Doug Finley. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Bill C-304 is on the agenda for February 5,opening day of the post-Christmas session.
It's time to nudge the senators to pass this bill at second reading, send it on to committee and, then, give it third and final reading.
Write to your Senator at:
The Senate of Canada,
Please Protect Internet Free Speech -- Pass Bill 304
Last June, the House of Commons passed a private Member's Bill, Bill C-304 which repealed Sec. 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Sec. 13 had been a vague and much abused form of Internet censorship, making an offence out of views expressed over the Internet that were not criminal. Truth was not a defence. Intent was not a defence. The wording was vague -- communicating views "likely to expose" designated or privileged groups to "hatred or contempt." No harm had to be proven. In fact, it was not necessary to prove that anyone other than the complainant had ever even seen the post in question. "Contempt" would capture any negative criticism.
Until the Marc Lemire decision in 2009, Sec. 13 had a 100% conviction rate. That alone should have set off alarm bells. People are frequently charged with murder or robbery or fraud and acquitted. However, there were virtually no defences under Sec. 13. Most of the victims of Sec. 13 complaints were poor and obscure people, unable to afford a lawyer. The long drawn-out proceedings were an abuse BY process.
The investigators and prosecutors for the Canadian Human Rights Commission acted more like a political police than officials steeped in our tradition of fairness. When the lead "hate" investigator was questioned during the Warman v. Marc Lemire Tribunal, he was asked what weight he gave to freedom of expression when he was examining a website: "None," he responded, "freedom of expression is an American idea." Oh, really?
The House of Commons was wise to repeal Sec. 13. We understand that it is now in the process of second reading in the Red Chamber. We urge that it receive speedy consent. It has now been eight months since it was passed in the House of Commons.
The Canadian press and many MPs rightly criticize restrictions on free speech in other countries. The case of Chinese architect, artist and dissident Wei Wei comes to mind. He was jailed briefly and then stripped of his political rights -- not allowed to talk to the foreign media -- for a year. Many Canadians rightly voiced their concern. Yet, Sec. 13 puts its victims under a lifetime gag!
In passing Bill C-304, the House of Commons went a long way to securing Internet freedom in Canada. We urge you to do likewise and pass this piece of legislation as expeditiously as possible.
Can I count on you to support the cause of freedom and rid Canada of this disgusting though control legislation? My courageous lawyer Barbara Kulaszka and I have demonstrated what two dedicated freedom fighters can accomplish against overwhelming odds. We have single-handedly and doggedly fought the system and exposed the corrupt underbelly of the "Human Rights" Commission's racket. Nothing ever comes easy when you are fighting such fanatical censors. This case is a seminal one, where the outcome will have serious implications on our right to think and speak freely in this country for generations to come. All Canadians will benefit when we manage to get this shameful law expunged from our legal books.
I cannot carry on this important fight alone. Your donations literally equal the survival of this case.
Please support Marc Lemire's Constitutional Challenge of Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
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