Tomorrow Bill C-304 Likely to be Reported Out of Committee
Bill C-304 is a private member's bill introduced by Alberta
MP Brian Storseth (Conservative -- Westlake-St. Paul) to repeal Sec. 13 of the
Canadian Human Rights Act (Internet censorship).
The House Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met
yesterday and will hear one more witness tomorrow, Jean-Francois Page,
committee clerk, told me and then will report, likely without amendment, this
vital piece of freedom legislation back to Parliament where third and final
reading is virtually assured.
Here is Brian Storseth's testimony yesterday to the
·Was an “interested party” or intervener during the lengthy
Sabina Citron & the Toronto Mayor’s Committee on Community and Race
Relations v. Ernst Zundel (1996-2002) case. Inter alia we argued that Sec. 13 –
“telephonic” communication – did not apply
to the Internet. We led a number of witnesses to support our submissions.
·Was an “interested party” or intervener in the Mark Schnell
v. John Micka Sec. 13 case. Again, we led an expert witness and argued that
Sec. 13 did not apply to the Internet.
·Has been an active “interested party” or intervener in
Richard Warman v. Marc Lemire. This was the only Sec. 13 case where the
victim/respondent won. This decision by Member Athanasios Hadjis was the
subject of a judicial review hearing in Federal Court, December 13, 2011. CAFÉ
was represented by Gerald Langlois.
·As a complaint under the Canadian Human Rights Act is
considered civil litigation, most provinces do not provide legal aid for
victims of a Sec. 13 complaint. I, acting on behalf of CAFÉ, acted as a
representative for the respondent in a number of cases and have been able to
see the unfair proceedings and the juggernaut that crushed Canadians, usually
young and poor, for merely expressing themselves on controversial topics over
·Richard Warman v. Jessica Beaumont
·Richard Warman v. Ciaran Donnelly
·Richard Warman v. Glen Bahr and Western
Canada for Us.
·Richard Warman v. Terry Tremaine
·Richard Warman v. Melissa Guille and the Canadian Heritage Alliance
·Richard Warman v. Jason Ouwendyk and the Northern
·Centre for Research Action on Race Relations v BC White
Pride & John Beck
Marc Lemire's brave and tireless battle essentially wrestled
Sec. 13 to the ground. We still await the decision of the judicial review in
Federal Court challenging the Hadjis ruling. However, Sec. 13 now appears dead
should Bill C-304 pass as we're told it will.
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR FREE EXPRESSION