May 182010


On May 18, 2010, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever was a panelist on “On the Line” with host Christine Williams) along with Ali Cheaib (President of the Hamilton Council of Canadian Arabs). In this episode, the panel discussed free speech and the meaning of “hate speech”; Graham James, Karla Homolka and proposed changes to rules that would require more time to pass before receiving a pardon; should de-programming of Islamic radicals be supported with tax revenues? Continue reading »

Nov 302001

2001-11-30.metz-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
On November 30, 2001, Robert Metz (President, Freedom Party of Ontario) was a guest of Rhonda Live. In this episode, Metz discussed with host Rhonda Glenn a decision by Heather Reisman (head of the Chapters and Indigo bookstore chains) no longer to sell Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” in her stores. Also a guest in this episode: Manuel Prutschi (Canadian Jewish Congress). Continue reading »

Jan 012001

“True Rights are Freedoms, not Powers” by Edward W. Younkins
“Conservative Gridlock (An Open Letter to Tom Long)” by Joe Armstrong
“Anti-“Hate” Legislation: A Threat to Academic Freedom” by Kenneth Hilborn
” ‘Human Rights’: The new euphemism for coercive State Socialism” by Dick Field
“Please Rise and Sing” by Tyler Chilcott Continue reading »

Nov 152000

2000-11-15.metz-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
On November 15, 2000, Robert Metz (President, Freedom Party of Ontario) was a guest of Rhonda London Live. In this episode, Metz discussed with host Rhonda London the emergence of “hard core hate sites” on the Internet. Rhonda poses the question: “Is Hate Literature Free Speech?”. Also a guest on this episode: Abbee Corb (Simon Wiesenthal Centre). Continue reading »

Jul 281999

1999-06-28.mckeever-thumbVIDEO – DESCRIPTION:
On July 28, 1999, Paul McKeever (Freedom Party of Ontario) was a guest of Rhonda London Live. In this episode, McKeever discussed with host Rhonda London a decision by the CRTC not to regulate the Internet, and the issue of hate speech laws versus free speech. Also a guest on this episode: Sol Littman (Simon Wiesenthal Centre). Continue reading »

Dec 151983

Published by later-to-be Freedom Party Action Director Marc Emery, four issues of the London Metrobulletin were published in 1983 using equipment purchased from the defunct London Tribune newspaper (formerly owned by Marc Emery, Robert Metz, and others).

Contents of Issue #4:
What is the issue in Grenada? (Mark Pettigrew); Youth against war: So who isn’t?; A letter from the Publisher; Content quotas on automobiles (Peter Kennedy vs. Alex Beretta); Rebuttals to our last issue’s subject: Abortion (L.L. De Veber vs. Marc Emery); London Survey Shows Voters Want Prudent City Government; Stealing in the name of the Lord (Robert Metz); Should libraries pay royalties to Canadian authors? (Herman Goodden); Is socialized medicine a sacred cow? (Murray Hopper); Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a bird.., it’s a plane, its…garbage! (John Cossar); London’s project: Energy from waste; Best of Queen’s Park; Are we all just going to blow up, or what? (Ken Jones); In defence of hate literature and other passions of the mind (Marc Emery); Weep not for the elderly: They never had it so good (Marc Emery); Lessons in Censorship I: Pornography again? [We’re sick and tired of hearing about it too] (Robert Metz); Lessons in Censorship II: Feminists; Lessons in Censorship III: The law; The best of Parliament Hill; Abortion: a need for private care (Kathleen Yurcich);


Oct 251983

1980-xx-xx.emery-thumb2AUDIO – DESCRIPTION:
It’s 1983. Freedom Party of Ontario has not yet been founded. At least two high-profile historical revisionist deniers of the Holocaust in Germany have been making headlines for their anti-Semitic behaviours. In Alberta, Jim Keegstra has lost his teaching job for telling his students a number of false allegations concerning Jewish people (he alleges a world-wide conspiracy, denies the Holocaust, etc.). Meanwhile, in Toronto, another anti-Semite, Ernst Zundel (a man hailing from Germany, originally) is distributing literature alleging that the number of Jewish people murdered by the Nazis has been exaggerated by Jews in an effort to get money from the German government. Understandably, therefore, there is concern that such false allegations will cause people to turn against Jews in Canada.

On October 11, 1983, four-members of the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) testified to a Canadian Parliamentary Committee on Racial Minorities. They, proposed, among other things that the word “wilfully” be deleted from the criminal code provisions relating to hate speech (i.e., so that a person could be found guilty whether or not he “wilfully” did what he did, in order to make findings of guilt easier). So, on October 25, 1983, London (Ontario) talk radio host Wayne McLean invited the Chair of the Steering Committee for the Canadian Jewish Congress, Sharon Wolfe, to be his guest.

After discussing the CJC’s concerns and recommendations, McLean took calls from his listeners. He then spoke with Roy McMurtry (then Ontario’s Attorney General), who said that anti-Semitism was on the rise. He said that there is more anti-Semitic literature around, apparently because of the “aftermath…continuing occurrences in Lebanon” (a reference to ongoing terrorist activity in Lebanon, involving the anti-Jewish, anti-Israel Palestine Liberation Organization, Hezbollah, and their Iranian and Syrian backers. NOTE: just two days prior to this broadcast, an American Marine barracks and a French barracks in Lebanon were each truck-bombed by a group calling itself the Islamic Jihad, killing 299 American and French soldiers).

After speaking with McMurtry, McLean took more calls from listeners, including Marc Emery. Emery, who had interviewed Jewish victims of the Holocaust and had written about the Holocaust in his London Metrobulletin newspaper, calls in to explain the dangers of criminalizing even false and hurtful speech. When McLean asks if Emery wishes that it had been possible to pass a law to stop the expression of hate speech in Germany, Emery points out that they did have such a law in Germany: a law that banned speaking ill of Nazis.

After taking calls from Emery and others, McLean also spoke with Alan Borovoy (general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association), who, like Emery, spoke against the criminalizing of speech.

Marc Emery Excerpt:

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