Senator Doug Finley Interview on Freedom of Speech

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to interview Senator Doug Finley on the inquiry that he is asking for in the Senate regarding the state of free expression in Canada. I wrote about this move by Finley late last week when he first rose in the Senate on the issue. I asked the Senator about his initiative, his concern over recent events, whether s.13.1 of the Canadian Human Rights Act should be repealed and if there should be a special section of the criminal code for those that inhibit freedom of expression. I also ask about Elections Canada and the in-and-out appeal by the non-partisan arbitrating body.

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  • MariaS

    I liked what he said , something like “even if you lose other freedoms and still have the freedom of speech, you can win the other freedoms back.” So true. Freedom of speech is what makes us, otherwise we might as well lay ourselves in a coffin and pull the lid over us.

  • batb

    It would appear that Senator Finley is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. I don't mean to be ungracious, but I would have hoped for a little more passion, a little more fire in his belly, for the right to freedom of expression in Canada — and the attacks it has undergone over the past few years.

    Caution, thy name is legion in Canada. In many ways, I don't blame the flaming lefties for where we've ended up — political correctness in overdrive (is that a hat tip to Senator Finley? I think he said that.). I blame us c/Conservatives who've been so very cautious in our objection to the direction in which we've been going since Trudeaupia took over.

    All it takes for evil to triumph is for good wo/men to say and do nothing — or say it with so little passion that who's listening or being affected?

    In this Holy Week, it might be good to remind ourselves of what Jesus had to say about being passionless: “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

    I'm beginning to understand the motive behind revolutions …

  • batb

    'Not trying to ride off in all directions, I realize that for a Conservative to express any passion at all is usually construed by lefties as “extremism” or “fundamentalism”. But, sometimes, you've got to show some liveliness to break through people's complacency.

  • kenn2

    Oh, Sen Finley carries weight. In more ways than one. He''s been Harper's head electoral mechanic.

    Which goes far to explain the tone of the 'interview', as young Stephen fed the old wizard some poorly-concealed directing questions, and the Wise One patiently showed how to transmute those leaden questions into platform gold.

    Given Finley's success as Harper's electoral hit-man, it's a bit hard to believe that he's not simply taken on another job, this time how to make a perceived limitation of free speech a politically sellable CPC issue (right Stephen?), assuming that the Coulter UofO fiasco might lend it some traction.

    All it takes for evil to triumph is for good wo/men to say and do nothing …yup.

    Like f' 'r instance, stonewalling on the Afghan detainee inquiry.

    I'm beginning to understand the motive behind revolutions …

    Laughable… and ungrateful, coming from a citizen of one of the world's most blessed, wealthy and envied democracies.. What would you have Canada become, that you can't bring to pass via the ballot box?

  • batb

    I'm talking “taking back the night,” as in taking back the citizens' right to speak NOT just through the left-lib toadies in our ubiquitous media. Canada's media is a total disgrace; Stephen so succinctly underlines the problem in the question he asks at the bottom of the page:

    “Why is CNN part of my basic cable (ch. 33) when FNC is part of an add-on package and sits at ch 181?”

    Indeed.

    I'm grateful to Senator Finley for opening this free speech debate (I hope) in the Senate. Check out Senator Mike Duffy's shot across the bow @ http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/archives/013680

  • parnel

    Kenn2… a hit man for sure.

    Finlay was the guy who tried to “persuade” Cadman to vote out Martin. I won't use the word bribe in good company however.

  • kenn2

    Why is CNN part of my basic cable (ch. 33) when FNC is part of an add-on package and sits at ch 181

    Please don't confuse media outlets with common carriers. If the cable/satellite customers were clamouring for Faux News in basic, it would probably be there. If you think the channel #181 is unfairly discriminatory … then you have way too much time on your hands.

    The most important button on your remote is the OFF button.

    Out of idle curiosity… which recent cases (not counting Coulter, Mark Steyn or the stupid Danish cartoons) have aroused the ire of the right?

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Hey kenn,

    respond to my tweets via twitter. Don't go off topic here.

  • kenn2

    Sorry, I was only responding to a prior comment which apparently copied your tweet.

    (I don't do twitter, I'm already too scattered ;^) )

  • kenn2

    Why is CNN part of my basic cable (ch. 33) when FNC is part of an add-on package and sits at ch 181

    Please don't confuse media outlets with common carriers. If the cable/satellite customers were clamouring for Faux News in basic, it would probably be there. If you think the channel #181 is unfairly discriminatory … then you have way too much time on your hands.

    The most important button on your remote is the OFF button.

    Out of idle curiosity… which recent cases (not counting Coulter, Mark Steyn or the stupid Danish cartoons) have aroused the ire of the right?

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Hey kenn,

    respond to my tweets via twitter. Don't go off topic here.

  • kenn2

    Sorry, I was only responding to a prior comment which apparently copied your tweet.

    (I don't do twitter, I'm already too scattered ;^) )