There's been some chatter today about the Tories now suddenly passable Bill C-51: Investigative Powers for the 21st Century Act. Most of it has been over this bit strengthening Canada's hate speech laws:
Clause 5 of the bill provides that the offences of public incitement of hatred and wilful promotion of hatred may be committed by any means of communication and include making hate material available, by creating a hyperlink that directs web surfers to a website where hate material is posted, for example.
However, the clause I find more interesting is 4, which "adds “national origin” to the definition of “identifiable group”--that is adds that phrase “national origin” to subsection 318(4) of the criminal code, which currently reads:
...any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.
Maybe I am being overly suspicious, but I find it very difficult to believe that anyone would be arsed enough to press charges against someone trashing Iranians. But could criticism of Israel be taken as hate speech against Canadian Israelis? Would this therefore make a statement of the Israel = Apartheid State analogy a criminal offence?