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Offline Granny

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Re: "Your Ward" News - Hate Speech or Free Expression?
« Reply #45 on: September 01, 2019, 06:10:18 pm »
Actual hate crime.... that's some ground zero stupidity there....
Ya.
Reading through the thread, I see people referring to "hate speech laws", but we don't actually have any such laws.
The relevant laws are Publicly Inciting or Wilfully Promoting hatred (as in these convictions) against an identifiable group of people.
https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-46/section-319.html

These charges are not flung about lightly, but require substantial investigation and must be approved by the Attorney General.
I believe I saw data indicating that just over 100 Section 319 charges were laid across Canada in 2018, mostly 'Wilfull promotion' as that generally refers to written or online material. 'Public Incitement' (public speeches, rallies, etc) is a little more difficult to investigate.

Threats, physical assaults, etc. are crimes in themselves, but where racial, anti-gay, etc hatred is a motivating factor, a hate crime designation can be added and leads to more severe sentencing.

So we have laws against Incitement and Promotion of hatred, and other crimes with a hate component as an exacerbating factor.