Mr. Rob Anders (Calgary West, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. These were the words of Voltaire and it is in this spirit that I would like to voice my support for private member’s Bill C-304 titled “An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act” put forward by the member for Westlock—St. Paul.
Similar private members’ bills have been introduced in the past, Keith Martin and the member of Parliament for St. Catharines deserve note.
Freedom of speech is a fundamental right that all Canadians should be able to exercise without a government watchdog. Many Canadians in the past have fought and died for our free speech. Many have already criticized section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act for its subjective and ambiguous nature.
Therefore, I encourage all parliamentarians in the House of Commons to support Bill C-304 and allow for true freedom of speech.