What it is/was:
Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Code allowed Canadians to file complaints against those who spread messages of hate. A necessary law that allowed for resolve and systemic acknowledgement that racism and other schisms are not acceptable in Canada.
However, Section 13 has recently been abolished. You might ask why get rid of a necessary law that protects people from messages of hate. I know I ask this question daily.
Section 13 was absolutely necessary in order to create safe spaces in our communities by allowing citizens to respond to messages of hate and incitement of violence against visible minorities.
Islamaphobia is rampant, especially since the 9-11 attacks. Muslims have come under attack from many angles that include scrutiny through immigration, law enforcement, national intelligence/security, media and in general society. People hold many negatives opinions about the Islamic faith and culture, since the propaganda campaign epidemic that demonizes Islamics began.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has recently declared that the largest threat to Canadian society is Islamicism. As our government moves forward with the abolishment of Section 13 from Canadian Human Rights; Islamic people are now going to experience further human rights violations, which will be committed by the federal government. The Canadian government is engaging with several manners of oppression. Muslims are not the only people in the sights of the colonialist scope. First Nations child/family advocate Dr. Cindy Blackstock has began a successful and solid human rights complaint against the federal government for fatalities of aboriginal children, and other concerns pertaining to child welfare, due to administrative and legislative processes that are overtly racist, oppressive and marginalizing (this topic will be featured in an upcoming blog on First Nations child welfare).
It seems that the federal government has been having difficulties in it’s pursuit against Islamicism. Section 13 had got in the way of law enforcement and intelligence investigation processes of Islamic people. Moreover, the Conservative party is now pushing new controversial laws that rescind citizens human rights in order to push investigations and establish legislative authority to detain people under investigation of terrorism without evidence. These tactics combined present a major issue. Why is the conservative overly cautious of Islamicism, and equally concerned with First Nations groups who have been recently added to the terrorist watch list, and not concerned with racist extremist from the far right. Perhaps this is because Canada is built upon a white supremacist ideology. People will often argue this point I am making but if we look at the legacy of Canadian social policy and the formation of Canada as a nation we see that definitively and through quantified documentation that Canada is a nation built upon the privileges offered to the white superiorists. This is why abolishing Section 13 which has served to penalize right wing white extremists has been done rapidly; all while increasing investigative and detention legislation of ‘non-white’ individuals.
Another rational of the federal governments need to abolish Section 13 apparently comes from the blogosphere. Now that many right-wing-extremists are blogging in the public domain the Human Rights Commission has been reluctant to prosecute under Section 13. They felt it was a violation of free expression of these white supremacist bloggers. We would not want to suppress the rights of ‘white nationalist extremists’.
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