Not Very Impressive
Ezra Levant summarizes the Justice Minister's memorandum on Section 13:
"I would sum it up as follows:
1. The Conservative government believes that the constitutionality of section 13 has already been approved by the Supreme Court, and so it shouldn't be questioned again; and
2. In any event, section 13 is a reasonable limit on free speech.
My two general responses would be:
1. In the 18 years since the constitutionality of section 13 was examined in 1990, the Canadian Human Rights Commission has taken a more and more abusive approach to its application, exceeding the narrow permission granted by the Supreme Court eighteen years ago.
2. The government's arguments that hate speech is the precursor to violence -- and that laws banning speech are necessary to prevent violence -- are absurd. They're logically false and they're historically false."
Ezra also does a pretty good job of picking it apart, although he does point out that its really an outcome of former Liberal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler's agenda:
"Putting aside politics, if a previous Justice Minister instructed his lawyers to intervene in support of censorship, it's those lawyers' duty to do so until their instructions change. And, since the Conservatives have not yet changed course on section 13 -- or any other aspect of the Canadian Human Rights Commission -- it should not be surprising that Justice Department lawyers are still serving up the kind of junk history and psychobabble that is evident in this memorandum."
Is it too much to ask that Stephen Harper's Conservative government GET UP TO SPEED!!