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    Default Trudeau government won't appeal Free Speech ruling

    Good to see the Supreme Court clipped the Village Idiots wings for trying to stifle the Freedom of Expression act....before the next election.

    Ontario Superior Court Justice Breese Davies ruled that a section of the Canada Election Act which prohibited the act of circulating false information during an election was an unjustifiable restriction on Canadians' right to free speech.

    The section was added to the election law in 2018 as part of Bill C-76. Section 91 (1) of that legislation makes it against the law to make a false statement during an election about whether a candidate, a prospective candidate, the leader of a political party or a public figure associated with a political party is under investigation or has committed an offence.

    The section also prohibits false statements about their citizenship, place of birth, education, professional qualifications or membership in a group or association.

    Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault has been drafting legislation to curb online hate on social media platforms.

    Joanna Baron is executive director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), which challenged the clause in the Canada Elections Act. She welcomed the government's decision not to appeal.
    Last edited by MikePal; March 23rd, 2021 at 11:48 AM.

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