Don Cherry, Jordan Peterson, Rex Murphy … the list of Canadians targeted for cancellation grows longer by the day. But has “cancel culture” in Canada gone too far? And is this small but powerful mob and their perpetual crusade for moral conformity, at odds with Canada’s values of free speech and free expression?
– Aaron Gunn, Politics Explained – see Video below –
I think part of what’s happening in our country, regarding this thing we’re calling “cancel culture,” is a general unwillingness to engage with people we don’t agree with.
– Mike Rowe, Off the Wall –
The alt-left (I feel justified in using this term as the progressive tribe continuously hurled alt-right at him) don’t like his (Jordan Peterson’s) ideas, and in that charmed circle, not liking certain ideas quickly translates into not liking the holder of them. A fuller answer is that Peterson, through a combination of his intelligence and to some degree the operations of chance, was hurled into international prominence and gained an audience of millions. He offered the fullest, most thought-out rebuttal to the very key, trendy and dogmatic positions of the hard left. These are the scourge of identity politics, environmentalism as a substitute religion, the pernicious notion of collective guilt, anti-white fulminations, and the repression of free speech that shelters under the ludicrous banners of “safe spaces” and the “speech is violence” mantra. To this litany of malefactions he added praise for, and recommended the currently outrageous idea of, personal responsibility.
– Rex Murphy – Jordan Peterson is the real hero in the Captain America comic book attack
When the woke mob comes after you for some ridiculous offense … stand your ground, stop apologizing.”
— Bill Maher –
I’ve studied authoritarianism for a very long time – for 40 years – and they’re started by people’s attempts to control the ideological and linguistic territory.
– Jordan Peterson –
The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society. It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be ‘cancelled.’ It’s important that we’re exposed to a wide spectrum of opinion, but what we have now is the digital equivalent of the medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn. So it is scary for anyone who’s a victim of that mob and it fills me with fear about the future.
– Rowan Atkinson –
A Grand canyon has opened up in our world the fissure – the crack grows wider every day. Neither on each side can hear a word that the other shrieks and nor do they want to. While these armies and propagandists in the culture wars clash down below in the enormous space between the two sides, the people of the world tried to get on with their lives alternately baffled, bored and betrayed by the horrible noises and explosions that echo all around. I think it’s time for this toxic, binary, zero-sum madness to stop before we destroy ourselves.
– Stephen Fry –
I am gravely troubled by how easily most in our society have chosen to give up on freedom. . . Freedom of speech, in particular, is in a dire state…
Unfortunately over the last few years far too many topics have become unchallengeable and the mob of political correctness thinks nothing of destroying a person’s career and reputation over some perceived slight, real or imagined…
I do believe there is going to be a great reckoning in the next several years as we come to terms with what we’ve allowed social media to do to our relationships, our society, and our public discourse.
– Danielle Smith, former Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly for Highwood, leader of the Official Opposition, and leader of the Wildrose Party –
Freedom of Expression in Canada
– Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms stipulates that everyone is entitled to certain fundamental freedoms, including “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and in section (2b) – expression,” which encompasses “freedom of the press and other media of communication.”
– Section 1 of the Charter establishes that reasonable limits can be placed on the right if those limits are prescribed by law.
– Federal regulations prohibit television broadcasters from “broadcasting false or misleading news and abusive comments that are likely to expose persons to hatred based on listed grounds.”
– Free expression is valued above all as being instrumental to democratic governance.
– the content of expression, no matter how offensive, unpopular or disturbing, cannot deprive it of section 2(b) protection. The Charter also protects the “expression of both truths and falsehoods.
– Expression that takes the form of violence does not qualify for section 2(b) protection.
– Canada’s Criminal Code specifies three distinct hatred-related offenses: section 318 (advocating genocide), section 319(1) (publicly inciting hatred likely to lead to a breach of the peace), and section 319(2) (willfully promoting hatred).
– Summary of the Limits on Freedom of Expression –
Canadian Law and Hate Speech
A private member’s bill was passed to repeal Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act – the “hate speech provision.” That section permitted complaints to be made to the federal Human Rights Commission for “the communication of hate messages by telephone or on the Internet”.
When the repeal was enacted, producing and disseminating hate speech was still a crime in Canada, but regulating it falls to the courts, not to human rights tribunals.