Public hearings have begun on a newly proposed ‘hate speech’ bill in Quebec that the Liberal government headed by Philippe Couillard hopes will “prevent and combat hate speech and speech inciting violence” arising from religious radicalization. But life-and-family critics are concerned that the bill could be used as a two-edged sword that could be used to banish Christian speech on controversial issues like homosexuality and abortion from the public square.
“Certainly Quebec’s [proposed] law, even if intended to combat Islamophobia, or whatever its purpose is, the practical effects will be to diminish the free expression rights of all peoples speaking on all topics,” said Calgary lawyer John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, to LifeSiteNews.
“And that would also include things like abortion, euthanasia, and gay ‘marriage,’ because free expression is a seamless web and if the government takes a knife to it, the shredded seamless garment is a consequence that has a bad impact on everybody,” he added.
The anti-hate-speech legislation Bill 59 was introduced June 10 with the goal of amending the province’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms to prohibit “engaging or disseminating” hate speech, a term that is conspicuously never defined in the bill.
The bill, sponsored by Minister of Justice Vallée, Stéphanie, would grant Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal “new powers” including being allowed to investigate the private lives of citizens. The Tribunal would also be given the power to apply for a court order requiring persons found guilty of hate speech to cease such speech. The bill also appears to give power to the Tribunal to determine what constitutes “hate speech” and “whether a person has engaged in or disseminated such speech.”
A “hate speech” conviction comes with a fine between $1,000 and $10,000 and offenders will have their names published on the Tribunal’s website for the public to see. Repeat offenders could face up to $20,000 in fines.
The bill alarmingly would also amend the Youth Protection Act to allow the government to determine if parents are exercising what it calls “excessive control” over their children, stating that such control could be construed as “psychological ill-treatment” and provide grounds for the government to intervene.
The blood of the martyred soaks the ground in North Korea, parts of Africa and red China, because they had the spirit of Stephen (Acts 7) as recorded in the Holy Scriptures. And it was evident to all to hear and see, they refused to stop praising ME. MY Holy ones have been betrayed time and again and it cost them their lives or imprisonment time and time again and so it is now. So it will become worse (Matt 24:21-22) as your freedom of religion is replaced with the one world Government and religion will be mandatory (Rev 17:4-6, 15). How many sit by and watch others freedoms and freedom of speech taken away and replaced by laws of sin.
Beware of this Totalitarian dictatorship, for they will leave you with no choices. They take away the freedom of your speech. They will take away any airwaves that would teach the truth. They will muzzle the true newscasters that want to warn what the Government’s are doing. They will censor all that is written.
But even [President] Donald Trump said, put an executive order that you are allowed to speak in freedom at this time. Use it while you can. Use it while you can for the time is coming oh so shortly and you’re already seeing it as Youtube censors and Google censors and Facebook censors and every social media—you think I don’t know their names? You think I didn’t know before-hand this is what would be done?
Use your freedom MY children while you. And I speak this warning all over the world. Use this freedom while you can, in any way you can.