Criminalizing Terrorist Babble: The Debate

Part of the focus during senate hearings on bill C-59 has been on the speech crime created by bill C-51 in 2015: “the promotion and advocacy of terrorism offences in general” (Criminal Code s.83.221). Along with Kent Roach, I criticized the phrasing of the 2015 crime. It had the hallmarks of the long-standing “promotion and advocacy of hate” crime in Criminal Code s.319(2). But it lacked the features that made this hate crime offence constitutional, when that issue was decided by the Supreme Court in Keegstra. Enter bill C-59…

Read my latest piece on this over on A Podcast Called INTREPID.