|Mr. Brian Storseth (Westlock—St. Paul, CPC) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-304, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom).He said: Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this House to introduce a bill entitled “An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom)”.
Freedom of speech is a fundamental principle in our democracy and one which Canadians have fought and died for, for over a century. This is not a fight that one Canadian can take on himself, but rather an issue that all Canadians must engage in vigorously.
In this, I would like to thank my friends and colleagues such as Senator Finley and the member for St. Catharines who have rigorously pursued a freer, more open society, and resisted the tyrannical instincts of bureaucracy to censor speech in our great country.
Freedom of speech is the freedom that all other freedoms are built on. It cannot be restrained to the politically correct. The best way to fight bigotry is to ensure that we protect and enhance our fundamental freedoms in this great country of ours. That is why I ask all members in this House to support this bill that protects the fundamental building block of democracy: freedom of speech. God bless.
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