Quebec "Human Rights" Commission wants to regulate Internet "hate speech" now
As if (the now repealed and disgraced) Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act wasn’t bad enough, now the Quebec “Human Rights” Commission wants the power to regulate internet content and silence website operators and bloggers. The proposed new powers of the HRC may include financial “damages” for those “offended”! I smell a new cottage industry for the perpetually offended!
Here is an interview with the President of the Quebec “Human Rights” Commission on French CBC from December 2014. A translation of interview was posted on Vlad Tepes YouTube channel.
"We've had complaints filed against anti-muslim websites and we couldn't accept them.
... If we have this new provision, we could proceed and take action."
And on what criteria will the Quebec “Human Rights” Commission accept these new complaints? According to the HRC: "It's when we have comments that are generally hateful..."
What kind of definition would encompass "Generally hateful"? If I lived in Quebec and wanted to post (perhaps controversial) opinions on the recent terrorist attack in Ottawa and decided to mention that the perpetrator was a Muslim who committed this terrorism in the name of Islam, would that be considered "generally hateful" towards Muslims? Would anyone need to put in the usual media-party inspired slogans such as "Islam is a religion of peace" or that terrorism in the name of Islam is simple "lone-wolf radical" act and does not represent all Muslims to avoid costly litigation via yet another Canadian Kangaroo court?
Mission Creep? Has all “hate” been eradicated in Quebec that the ‘Human Rights’ Commission needs to branch out and censor speech on the Internet now?
The best George Orwell Doublespeak line of the interview with HRC’s Jacques Fremont was: "And for the HRC, freedom of expression is very important". Sure, freedom of expression is very important, as long as you say what I want you to say.
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Barenakedislam.com: Quebec Human Rights Commission proposes a new provision that would criminalize online criticism of Muslims
Essentially, this means it would allow ‘victims’ of hateful online comments to register complaints and eventually receive compensation. When a website rails and rants with comments that expose the ugly truth about certain groups such as the muslim community, the government would have recourse to take action against such websites.
Apparently, Quebec wants to equate telling the truth about Islam with incitement of hatred. Let’s hope the people of Quebec can defeat this idiotic idea.
NeoConservative Christian Right: Human Rights Denied in the Name of Human Rights
This week, there’s the threat of another attack on freedom of speech in Canada. It’s from the “commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse” – the commission of human rights and youth rights. A nice name. But the head of the commission is proposing legislation to further curb freedom of speech. There’s already lots of legislation in place. The additional legislation would go further: one could make a complaint even if one isn’t any particular victim and can’t show that any particular person has been hurt. (In French, “on n’a pas besoin d’être une victime particularisée et de le démontrer.”)
For those of you who speak French, here’s a link, including to an interview with the head of the commission:
Vlad Tepes: 1. This is an interview with the President of the Quebec Human Rights Commission. In it, he appears to be saying that Quebec, or Canada, is going to be implementing something which looks a whole lot like the criminalization of criticism of Islam.
I would like to remind every man, woman, child and bureaucrat that freedom of speech was implemented for one thing in the West. To criticize religious and political authority. That once you limit that freedom even one little bit, all other freedoms of speech will diminish exponentially, because all things can be seen as functions of islamic observance.
Thank you Poste De Veille for the interview video and Sassy for the Translation.