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MP proposes bill to repeal controversial Section 13 of human rights act
From an article in Airdrie City View:
Wild Rose MP Blake Richards is in support of a bill before Parliament looking to repeal a problematic section of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Brian Storseth, MP for Westlock-St. Paul, brought forth the private member's bill for second reading Nov. 16, saying that Section 13 of the Human Rights Act purports to defend human rights but actually undermines freedom of expression.
"It targets the dissemination of hate messages without ever clearly defining what constitutes hatred or contempt," Richards said.
"It considers acts of hate or contempt as 'any matter that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt.' It's a very subjective type of statement."
Section 13 was conceived in response to a number of hate messages that circulated in Toronto during Pierre Trudeau's time as prime minister.