Anyone believing there’s free speech in Canada better think twice: The country’s ever-expanding hate speech laws are killing what’s left of the most essential liberty – most essential because without freedom of speech, there is no freedom at all.
Canada’s Senate passed Bill C-16, which puts “gender identity” and “gender expression” into both the country’s Human Rights Code, as well as the hate crime category of its Criminal Code by a vote of 67-11, according to LifeSiteNews. The bill now only needs royal assent from the governor general.
The bill, which purports to protect people from discrimination, hate propaganda and hate crimes, will punish with fines and prison anyone not using genderless pronouns on request.
In a nutshell, political correctness run amok.
Enter Gad Saad, The Gadfather:
Saad and Peterson testified at the Senate against Bill C-16, since they both see it as a threat to intellectual diversity. Saad, considered to be the founder of the field of evolutionary consumption, and Peterson, who refuses to use gender-neutral pronouns for transgender people, could be thrown in jail and financially ruined for using a centuries-old grammatical convention in the course of their work.
You, dear reader, may be thinking at this point, “so what?
That’s Canada for you, eh.”
What matters internationally in this case is the government is forcing Google to remove links from searches regardless of where the Internet user is. That is to say: Canada is demanding the authority to censor the internet outside of its physical borders and control what people who are not Canadian citizens can find online.
Freedom of speech is the ultimate right. That’s why it’s in peril.
Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.