There's another humungous problem, too: Canada's Official Jews, delusionally, have been counting on a band-aid--state censorship--to counteract the effects of Canada's open door immigration policy which has, over the past few years, kited the number of Muslim immigrants from lands where Zionhass is like mother's milk. As Dr. Phil might have said under such circumstances, "How's that workin' out for you, Bernie?"
So rather than merely do another round up of "hate speech" cases, I wish Brean had addressed that aspect of things and how, in the absence of a true understanding of and robust dedication to free speech, the be-all and end-all of democracy, we have ended up seriously undermining our own freedom, and turning ourselves into the laughingstock of the Western world.
Brean concludes his article thus:
At the University of Ottawa this week, soon after the Ann Coulter debacle, an equally controversial figure came to speak about freedom of expression. Doug Christie is a lawyer who has argued for such hatemongers as John Ross Taylor, Ernst Zundel and James Keegstra, and is involved in the Marc Lemire case that will probe Section 13.Earlier in the piece, Brean quotes the preternaturally optimisitc Ezra Levant as saying that, in light of recent court rulings, "Canada's a little freer now." But if even Doug Christie, who represents some of the freest-spoken (if distasteful) souls in the land, has trained himself not to say anything Coulteresque (as if her words are anywhere near as outré as the musings of Christie's clients; shame on you for so suggesting, Joe Brean), you know that free speech in Canada is on life support, and failing fast.
His lecture was not inflammatory like Ms. Coulter's well-known schtick, and focused on the law, rather than the issues. As he put it: "I have been trained by the Supreme Court not to engage in hate speech, even though no one can define it in advance."