In June 4, 2009, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission published its “Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-329: Review of broadcasting in new media.” Included were extremely interesting remarks on free expression from Commissioner Timothy Denton in his concurring opinion:
The history of the regulation of speech in this country does not engender confidence that such powers will be used wisely. Canada has experienced several instances in recent times where regulatory commissions of another type and armed with a different mission have challenged the right to say controversial things. The struggles of Ezra Levant, Mark Steyn and others have served as important warnings that regulatory authorities charged with combating racism, hatred, and other evils have consistently expanded their mandates, have abused their powers and eroded fundamental liberties. Wherever there is official orthodoxy, disagreement is heresy, and where there is heresy, there is usually an inquisition to root it out. After centuries ridding ourselves of thought control agencies, 20th century Canada re-invented them.
One has to ask, why would the CRTC remove this paragraph with it reference to recent court battle defending to right to freedom of expression in the media and its concerns over the abusive powers of the Human Rights Commissions in Canada? Any suggestions?