Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) Seeks to Support Marc Lemire’s Constitutional Challenge of Section 13!

Good news! Concerned organizations are beginning to line up to support free speech and back Marc Lemire in the closing arguments — probably in June — to his constitutional challenge to Canada’s notorious Internet Censorship law, Sec. 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. — Paul Fromm

CCF Wants An End To The Censorship Of The Canadian Human Rights Commission

By Marc Lemire

On May 1, 2008, the Calgary based, Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) has applied for Interested Party status to support the constitutional challenge filed by Marc Lemire against Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Mr. Lemire’s motion, written by the brilliant and courageous Barbara Kulaszka – seeks to toss out Section 13 as a violation of freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom of conscience. A pdf of the constitutional argument can be found here.

The CCF in it’s application written by counsel Desmond P. Burton-Williams, sets out several key arguments which highlight why Section 13 is totally unconstitutional and needs to be removed from Canadian law books. One of their key arguments is that Section 13 is nothing more than a quasi-criminal statute without any of the protections of criminal legislation. As well Section 13 is vague and impossible to apply unless the trier of fact speculates as to the cause and effect of speech.

PDF of the CCF’s Motion available HERE
Key points by the CCF of the motion to intervene are:

‘The Foundation is a citizen-based organization with supporters across Canada. … The Foundation is governed by a board of directors which includes lawyers, a law professor, and other professionals. Our Advisory Board includes Eugene Meehan, Q.C. and other prominent Canadians. The Foundation has been actively involved in supporting public interest litigation being conducted by such distinguished counsel as William McIntyre, Q.C., and D.M.H. Goldie, Q.C.

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