Saturday, October 23, 2010

Federal Court to Decide on Hate Speech and Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act

National Post has an update on a pending constitutional challenge at the Federal Court of Canada that may determine the ultimate fate of Canada's hate speech protections under the Canadian Human Rights Act:

A hearing this week in federal court offered a glimpse of this battlefield dynamic, and assuming all proposed intervenors are accepted, there will be four additional parties supporting the hate law, and four more against.

One major change is the withdrawal of the federal government, which intervened at the Tribunal in support of Section 13, but has decided to sit out this judicial review. A spokeswoman said the Department of Justice would "continue to monitor the proceedings.

A decision on the intervenors is expected next week. A trial is not yet scheduled.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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