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12 January 2008

On Free Speech

Now I'm no Jefferson - but I've been following Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn's troubles with the HRC. And for what it's worth - I think the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is about due for it's First Amendment. Sort of along the lines of this:


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


Which is of course, the First Amendment to the American Consitution. Now as I said, I'm not a Jefferson, but when it comes to amending the Charter of Rights and Freedoms my humble suggestion would be as follows:


We the People of Canada, require and direct the Government of Canada, Parliament, Legislatures, and government agencies to make no law or regulation, or use any regulatory body of Canada to abridge the right of Freedom of expression. They shall make no regulations or laws respecting an an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press or any other medium existing or to be developed; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


Just a little reminder to the follks in Ottawa of who's the boss.

H/T to The Strong Conservative: On Free Speech

We often hear about freedom of speech, and most citizens in the west have a general understanding of what it is. However, most, including myself, were probably unaware at how vulnerable our fundamental freedoms truly are. Ezra Levant's case has highlighted the thin line between free speech, and the policing of thoughts and words by the state.
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