Saturday, March 02, 2013
I, like my friend Karen Selick am very disappointed by our supremes. Rex is also bewildered by this latest "judgement". "The British North America Act planted in Canada a living tree capable of growth and expansion within its natural limits." Our supremes have forgotten about the natural limits like freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Welcome to Canada, land of never-speaking-ill-of-a-marginalized-group free-ish speech. You can say what you like in Canada — to yourself, in a low voice. According to our Supreme Court, free speech is secondary to the right not to feel offended. I join with Andrew Coyne (see his column from Thursday) in expressing bewilderment at one particular statement from this week’s decision in the case of Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. Whatcott — the one where the Justices write: “truth may be used for widely disparate ends.” What an eerie caution. The court wants to make sure that disreputable forms of truth can’t serve to get Canadians off the hook for hate speech. After all, truth is such a wily, insidious, sly concept. Allowing Canadians to use it any way they please … why, that way lies anarchy and uncomfortable dinner tables.