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Criminal Code 2014, c. 31, s. 12
3 Subsection 318(4) of the Criminal Code is replaced by the following:
Definition of identifiable group
(4) In this section, identifiable group means any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or mental or physical disability.
Prohibited grounds of discrimination
3 (1) For all purposes of this Act, the prohibited grounds of discrimination are race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, disability and conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted or in respect of which a record suspension has been ordered.
Clause 1: Existing text of section 2:
2 The purpose of this Act is to extend the laws in Canada to give effect, within the purview of matters coming within the legislative authority of Parliament, to the principle that all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have and to have their needs accommodated, consistent with their duties and obligations as members of society, without being hindered in or prevented from doing so by discriminatory practices based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability or conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted or in respect of which a record suspension has been ordered.
Trudeau is throwing everything he has into getting this passed and Canada’s ruling political party is committed to the passage of this bill. This bill will ban anti-transgender speech, including both gender identity and gender expression, with up to 2 years in prison for violators. The bill is an incremental extension of their existing “Hate Speech” laws.
What constitutes an offense in Canada? It depends on who you ask. It is a clear attempt to muzzle free speech. For example, if you wanted to protest transgender bathrooms in Canada’s target, you could be thrown in prison for 2 years because you are “speaking out” against these practices.
The bill expands it to include any public speech or communication that “promotes hatred” on the basis of “gender identity” or “gender expression.” Two years? Yes, this bill is not symbolic, speech that someone deems offensive can send you to jail for up to two years.
The Government is the Judge As to What Constitutes Hate Speech.
As in the US, the federal government judicial system will ultimately decide who will be charged. And as in the US, homosexual activist groups are “lobbying” the government along the same lines.
The far left Prime-minster, Trudeau, announced the bill in a speech on May 17, which happened to be “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and any other perversion flavor the week.
duties and obligations as members of society
Excluded from hate speech are good faith interpretations of religious doctrine, discussion of issues of public interest, and literary devices like sarcasm and irony;
A survey conducted by Trans Pulse Project in 2010 showed that out of the almost 500 transgender respondents in Ontario, 20 per cent reported having been physically or sexually assaulted, though not all of them reported the assaults to police.
The respondent-driven sampling survey found 13 per cent reported being fired and 18 per cent refused a job because they were transgender.
originally posted by: Grimpachi
There are many things I do not understand about Canadian law and free speech. Obviously, the US has more liberty in that department.