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Freedom Of Expression


Issue

The rights of Canadians to freely hold and express beliefs are being eroded at an alarming speed under the Trudeau government. Some of its recent decisions even require that Canadians renounce their most deeply held moral convictions and express opinions they disagree with.

In 2018, the Liberal government denied summer job funding to organizations, including charities, that would not sign an attestation supporting abortion. It also passed bill C-16 as part of a trend to force Canadians to express support for the existence of various gender identities beyond the biological categories of male and female, and to use pronouns demanded by those who identify with these other genders.

In addition to these assaults on conscience, the government launched a series of regulatory attacks on free speech on the internet and is pressuring social media companies, which are already censoring speech that isn’t politically correct, to crack down even more. It is also considering bringing back Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. This hate speech provision was repealed by the Conservative government in 2013 because it was being used arbitrarily to censor statements that offended some people on the internet.

In what appears to be a first step towards restricting our right to criticize some religions, it adopted M-103, a motion that condemns religious discrimination but only specifically mentions one religion, Islam, and without defining the term “islamophobia.”

On university campuses, a growing number of faculty and administrators—those who should be fighting for open debate of controversial ideas—have become aggressive advocates for censorship.

This past June, Andrew Scheer kicked out his MP Michael Cooper from the justice committee for speaking his mind.

Then the Liberals and NDP voted to erase what he said from parliamentary records.

They are rewriting history, just like in the novel 1984!

The Conservatives did not even oppose this.

Then all parties voted to remove the video feed when defenders of free speech appeared before the justice committee.

They don’t want you to hear these arguments!

Meanwhile, Trudeau wants to force social media companies to curtail free speech on their platforms.

This is really serious.

There is no democracy without free speech.

Trudeau is not only trying to curtail free speech online.

He’s also trying to make the press dependent on government.

He’s doing everything he can to control information to his advantage.

And you can already see the results.

How can anyone trust any news from the main stream media anymore?

Trudeau told social media companies they will be fined if they don’t prevent the spread of “disinformation” (i.e. news/commentary that they don’t like).

The Liberal government thinks it can decide for all Canadians on a list of media organizations deemed “reliable” under a multi-million dollar subsidy program.

The “reliable” Liberal approved representatives from unions, media lobbies and associations of journalists will decide how to distribute $595 million dollars of your money among themselves.

How is this different from censorship?

Liberal MP, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, proposed the creation of a new “flexible and efficient” mechanism to give warnings or fines for offensive speech online.

That could affect you, if you send a tweet about the Liberals that they don’t like.

This is no joke.

We are in real danger of losing our freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

The Liberals seem willing to attack the very foundations of our democracy.

And the other parties are not saying anything.

 

Facts

History and social scientific research show that freedom of conscience and freedom of expression, when maximally protected, advance the intellectual life of a nation, foster greater ideological diversity and societal understanding, and nurture other freedoms necessary for a successful democracy.

This is why Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees citizens freedom of conscience and religion, as well as freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication.

Our Plan

What some people find politically incorrect, offensive or even hateful cannot serve as the legal basis for discrimination and censorship. Canadians should be able to enjoy maximum freedom of conscience and expression as guaranteed in Section 2 of the Charter.

A People’s Party Government will:

  • Restrict the definition of hate speech in the Criminal Code to expression which explicitly advocates the use of force against identifiable groups or persons based on protected criteria such as religion, race, ethnicity, sex, or sexual orientation.

  • Repeal any existing legislation or regulation curtailing free speech on the internet and prevent the reinstatement of section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.

  • Repeal C-16 and M-103.

  • Ensure that Canadians can exercise their freedom of conscience to its fullest extent as it is intended under the Charter and are not discriminated against because of their moral convictions.

  • Withhold federal funding from any post-secondary institution shown to be violating the freedom of expression of its students or faculty.