"To Think That It Was All Done For A Goal That Is Itself Illegitimate—Crushing Offensive Speech"
October 13, 2009, 06:31 PM
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Ann Althouse on Canada`s hate speech laws:

Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant testify about the completely out-of-control pursuit of hate speech in Canada.

I won`t attempt to summarize. Listen to the testimony before Parliament`s Justice and Human Rights Committee. What has gone on in Canada is truly revolting. The procedural abuses are astounding, and to think that it was all done for a goal that is itself illegitimate — crushing offensive speech.[More]

The text of Ezra Levant`s prepared speech gives his opening statement first in English, then in French, since it`s addressed to Canada`s bilingual parliament. As far as I can tell from the YouTube, he didn`t actually deliver it in both languages. This horrifyingly boring procedure is common in Canada, and may be coming to the US right along with hate speech legislation. I saw it in video of the "Million Immigrant March" three years ago.