NCA Rescind Hate Speech Laws in Criminal Code Policy Statement

The National Citizens Alliance believe that the hate speech laws in the Canadian Criminal Code, section 319, are redundant. In addition, these laws are used unjustly to silence free speech.

The Canadian Human Rights Act, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Ottawa Protocol to Combat Anti-Semitism, and Canadian Criminal Code address racism, hate speech, threats, defamation, and libel.

The e-411 the Anti-Islamophobia e-petition, passed unanimously by the House of Common as Assembled (October 26, 2016) and M-103, the Anti-Islamophobia Motion  passed in the House of Commons with majority support (March 24, 2017). This e-petition and Motion are flawed because they equate criticism of Islam (or a religion) with hate and racism towards Muslims, which in turn they use to censor free speech.

The National Citizens Alliance supports rescinding section 319 from the Canadian Criminal Code. Although we condemn all forms of racism and hate towards identified groups, at the same time we must protect freedom of speech from unnecessary erosion.

The NCA welcomes feedback on its policies. Please send policy feedback to

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