To many, the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in the case of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission vs. William Whatcott was a triumph for the rights of vulnerable groups to be protected from the harm caused by extreme expressions of hate and discrimination.
To others, it was a triumph of censorship and a blow against the democratic principles of freedom of expression and religion.
A Conservative private members’ bill that repeals part of Canada’s hate speech laws has passed the House of Commons with scant media attention, and even less commentary. But it's being cheered by many Canadian conservatives as a victory for freedom of speech. And it's being cheered most vocally by another group: White supremacists.
OTTAWA — Canada’s top court will not hear an appeal in a case involving a neo-Nazi leader’s web postings that could have determined the power of Canada’s quasi-judicial human rights tribunals.