Random Quotations – Free Speech – September 8th, 2019

Six items in total…

“A new law allowing for hate groups to be designated and punished before they turn to violence is needed in order to tackle far-right extremists, according to a report by Tony Blair’s thinktank, which also seeks powers to ban marches and media appearances… The law… would designate hate groups as organisations that spread intolerance and antipathy towards people of a different race, religion, gender or nationality, the report said… The authors acknowledge that… steps would need to be taken to protect free speech.” – Jamie Grierson, “New law needed to take on far-right extremism, says Blair thinktank” – The Guardian, August 27th, 2019.

“Bernier accused the company of caving in to the ‘leftist mob’, adding ‘the authoritarian Left want to censor and silence anyone who disagrees with them. They will fail’.” – PPC Leader Maxime Bernier, quoted by Kurtis Doering in “Say no to mass immigration ads pulled, Bernier blames leftist mob” – City News, August 26th, 2019.

“Sickening ideologies which encourage individuals to take the lives of their fellow human beings have faced a concerning proliferation both at home and around the world. Yet sadly, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Members of this Committee have tried to use these troubling events as a way to bolster their political fortunes. They have tried to paint anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their narrow value set as an extremist.” – Conservative Party dissenting opinion in “Taking action to end online hate” quoted by Judith Bergman in “Killing free speech in Canada” – Gatestone Institute, August 14th, 2019.

“Hamilton city councillors have rejected two requests from people who wanted to present to them – one from a member of the local yellow vest group, and one from white nationalist Paul Fromm… City council’s general issues committee voted Wednesday morning not to let either speak to council. Fromm’s request said he wanted to ‘address free speech concerns in light of council’s interest in curtailing demonstrations in public places in the city’… Fromm’s request was rejected with little discussion.” – Samantha Craggs, “Hamilton city councillors reject requests from Paul Fromm, yellow vester” – CBC News, September 4th, 2019.

“Justin Trudeau’s decision to only appear in two out of five debates shouldn’t surprise anybody… The fact that Trudeau agreed to the two events organized by the Leaders’ Debates Commission (an office invented out of thin air by the Liberals themselves), should indicate to Canadians that the prime minister is only interested in playing with a stacked deck… While the supposed purpose of the commission is ‘ensuring that the national debates are as accessible as possible, on a variety of platforms,’ the real reason behind the office is to make things as comfortable as possible for a prime minister with an abysmal national approval.” – Cosmin Dzsurdzsa, “The Liberals only debate when they can set the rules.” – The Post Millennial, September 4th, 2019.

“Other conservative victims of the Google ban hammer include: Twitchy (a Twitter aggregation site I founded in 2012), FrontPage Magazine (founded by prolific conservative author and journalist David Horowitz), The Daily Caller (founded by Fox News host and journalist Tucker Carlson), Legal Insurrection (founded by Cornell University law professor and investigative blogger William Jacobson), NewsBusters (founded by Media Research Center in 2005), The Gateway Pundit (founded by grassroots social media pioneer Jim Hoft in 2004), the American Thinker (another of the veteran conservative blogs founded in 2003 by Thomas Lifson), LifeNews.com (an independent, pro-life news site founded in 1992 by Steven Ertelt), the Catholic News Agency, and The Christian Post.” – Michelle Malkin, “Google’s secretive blacklists” – The Daily Signal, August 22nd, 2019.