posted on Apr, 19 2010 @ 05:55 PM
Originally posted by djvexd
reply to post by Aeons
Isn't there more of a constraint against free speech when it comes to criticizing gov't offcials in Canada though? (asking becasue I only heard that
their speech laws are a tad more stringent, and honestly don't know.)
There are quasi-judicial "hate" speech laws.
Which are a load of horsepukey and should be heaped. The quasi-judicial boards that have no appeal process are a joke - a dangeous joke at that.
Canada's freedoms of speech are not "absolute." The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has this limitation in it.
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by
law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
You can read a bit on it here:
Ezra is a raging jackass - but I still think that the quasi-judicial boards are a farce. You should see them- it doesn't raise your opinion.
Crackerjack or Kangaroo would be a kind description.
There is an ongoing attempt to legalize the idea that one is responsible for the actions that may come out of one's communications. The selling
point on this being that with rights come responsibilities, and one is responsible for the things that happen from what you say. Apparently, we have
a large contingent of people here who buy into a fancy way of saying that it should be illegal to say things that make them feel bad.
The hate speech laws are not all bad - however they should be kept in mind. Promotion of hate against an identifiable group, or genocide is illegal.
There are important exceptions to this - it doesn't prosecute statements of truth, subjects of public debate, or religious doctrine.
Which I find amusing I admit - you can only promote hate if it is a religious doctrine. If its personal, you can get fourteen years.
To address your question about critism or defamation of people in public offices - I have not seen any such thing. If that were the case, surely
every person in the House of Commons would be in jail every question period.
[edit on 2010/4/19 by Aeons]