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Two years ago, I received an invitation to testify in front of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights for their study on online hate. The committee was studying what remedies they could introduce to combat “hate speech” on the internet. Many of the other witnesses were pressing the committee to reintroduce section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, even though section 13 was a disaster that was repealed in 2014. In a nutshell, a single individual — lawyer Richard Warman — was the primary complainant (and only successful complainant) under section 13, as he spent his time making fake profiles on Nazi websites, egging on the other users, and then filing complaints against them. Moreover, in 2006, the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities filed a “discrimination” complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission against Rebel News founder (at the time, publisher of the Western Standard) Ezra Levant because he republished the Danish cartoons of Mohammed in his paper. $100,000 in legal fees and $500,000 taxpayer dollars later, the complaint was dismissed.

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