Monday, December 24, 2007

The Nuts Have Cracked - More Hyperbole on Steyn, Free Speech and Canada's Human Rights Commissions

Just a thought...

It might be a whole lot easier to take the arguments of writers like Vox Day seriously if they didn't employ incendiary headlines like "Heil Canada."

Mr. Day's article in World Net Daily voices opposition to the human rights complaints pending against Mark Steyn and Macleans.

The debate is legitimate. The anti-Canada diatribes are not.

Regarding the article itself and a tiny point of accuracy, while Mr. Day's statement that "there is no Canadian First amendment" is technically true (as our free speech guarantees are not nested in a constitutional amendment), his readers should not be misled.

Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms affords constitutional protection to freedom of expression in Canada:

2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

(a) freedom of conscience and religion;

(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;

(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and

(d) freedom of association.


UPDATE: More on Mr. Day here.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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