Freedom of Expression

Good Riddance to Canada's Hate Speech Laws

06.07.12 6:05 PM ET

Jonathan Kay reports in the National Post that repeal of the law that punishes pure speech is coming to Canada:

Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, the enabling legislation that permits federal human-rights complaints regarding “the communication of hate messages by telephone or on the Internet,” is doomed. On Wednesday, the federal Conservatives voted to repeal it on a largely party-line vote — by a margin of 153 to 136 — through a private member’s bill introduced by Alberta Conservative MP Brian Storseth. Following royal assent, and a one-year phase-in period, Section 13 will be history.