SCC Hate Speech Decision – Whatcott

The decision addresses Saskatchewan’s Human Rights code provisions regarding publications, which the Court said must be changed. Other provinces that have unjustifiably strict human rights code language regarding publications, will need to change those provisions to conform with the ruling.

Bottom line: Belittling an identifiable group in a pamphlet is not hate speech; vilifying members of that group, calling them a “menace” and urging discriminatory treatment of them, is.

Read the decision in Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v. Whatcott, [2013] 1 SCR 467, 2013 SCC 11 (CanLII)

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