No free speech in Canada….at all.
CANADA’S FREE-SPEECH PHOBIA
Islam-critic charged with “willful promotion of hatred.”
Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi is charging blogger Kevin J. Johnston with one count of “willful promotion of hatred.” According to a Globe and Mail report, Johnston’s arrest followed a lengthy investigation of his online activism but news reports played up a recent story by the blogger, who operates the FreedomReport.ca website.
In late April, after a head-on crash on Highway 3 near Windsor, police searched the Lexus in which Tariq Elamin and Satvir Singh were riding and found a sawed-off shotgun and .22 rifles. Police arrested the pair, now facing firearms charges, including possession of an illegal weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.
Johnston claimed the pair were Muslim “maniacs” and “on their way to kill people — shoot up St. Clair College,” in Windsor. Johnston cited “city staff” as his source but police and college officials deny any threat. A lawyer for Singh said Johnston’s video was “entirely fabricated” and “obviously racist.”
As Canadian journalist Ezra Levant notes, even among conservatives Johnston is known as a troublemaker and loose cannon, with the nickname of “Jackal.” Johnston has opposed the federal anti-Islamophobia measure M-103 and accused member of Parliament Iqra Khalid of being a “terrorist.” He has suggested that a Muslim member of Parliament might get shot by a Canadian patriot, but Attorney General Naqvi, a Pakistani-born Muslim, did not mention this post in the charge.
Johnston told Levant his major issue is the indoctrination of children in public schools. Johnston has been critical of local schools for providing spaces for Muslims to conduct what news reports describe as “congregational” prayers on Fridays. As Levant explains, the Muslims effectively turn the school into a mosque. Johnston also offered a reward of $1,000 for recordings of Muslim students “spewing hate speech during Friday prayers” at schools in the Peel Region.