Canadian Bill would allow preemptive reporting of ‘hate speech’


Proposed hate speech legislation would allow Canadian citizens to take others to court if they suspect that someone will post content deemed hateful online.


Bill C-36 states that “a person may, with the Attorney General’s consent, lay an information before a provincial court judge if the person fears on reasonable grounds that another person will commit (a) an offence under section 318 advocating genocide or subsection 319” inciting or promoting hate, promoting hatred.


It also covers “an offence motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, color, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other similar factor.”


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