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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Pro freedom of speech activists spoke out in Canada

They've been muffled, litigated and threatened, but they've fought hard and long, and, finally, they prevailed. They're the pro freedom of speech activists and supporters of Canada and today they took a stand on the streets of Toronto and in front of the Danish consulate, voicing out the right to publish the controversial caricatures of Muhammad.

Peter Kent, a former news anchor and the Conservative candidate of St. Paul's, Ontario, now the representative of the Canadian Coalition of Democracies stood with democracy and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by saying:
"Any democracy worth its salt should be strong enough to endure the most controversial speech," said Kent, who ran as a Conservative but failed to unseat Liberal Carolyn Bennett in a Toronto riding in the January election.

"That speech cannot be corrupted or compromised or silenced by intimidation or fear of violent reprisal," he said.

"We in Canada and free people around the world have the right to offend and to be offended. We do not have the right to respond to offence with violence."
Other pro freedom Canadian bloggers have also addressed this issue in my one of previous posts. For the curious readers you can find more under Mr. Pat Srebrnik's blogs DontAxe and ITYS - I Told You So where he closely follows the UPEI student newspaper controversy.

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