After Mark Hemingway’s column on the dismal state of free speech in Canada, I feel comfortable making the bald statement above. Of course, part of the reason I feel comfortable saying that is I don’t live in Canada.
In 1990, when the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that criminalization of certain speech did not violate the freedom of expression in the Canadian Charter of Rights, it was anti-Semites at issue. Today, the Canadian “Human Rights” Commission handles complaints regarding all manner of non-PC speech. And, throughout its 31 years of existence, it has never once found a defendant innocent.