So I read this this morning:
OTTAWA — The Conservatives are understood to be considering new legislation that would make it an offence to condone terrorist acts online.
There is frustration in government, and among law enforcement agencies, that the authorities can’t detain or arrest people who express sympathy for atrocities committed overseas and who may pose a threat to public safety, one Conservative MP said. “Do we need new offences? If so which?”
Sources suggest the government is likely to bring in new hate speech legislation that would make it illegal to claim terrorist acts are justified online.
I emailed Richard Warman, an expert the legal status of on-line hate-speech, and he was kind enough to offer these brief comments:
Extreme online hate posts that target groups or justify violence based on their religion, race, or nationality were illegal under s. 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Conservative Party MPs voted unanimously to repeal s. 13 in June of 2012. The Conservatives destroyed the only effective legal protection against online hate speech. Conservative MP Brian Storseth described himself as "ecstatic". Jonathan Kay of the National Post said "good riddance".
It was the Conservatives who dismantled the law that protected Canadians from online terror.
It would be beyond ironic if the Tories were to resurrect, or create something indistinguishable from, the law they spent so many years trying to get rid of.