Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Warning: for American Travelers to Canada

The United States State Department has issued a warning to Americans travelling to parts of Mexico because of the violence of the drug cartels.

I thing the United States State Department should issue a warning to Americans traveling to Canada where free speech by Americans can bring criminal charges by Canadian bureaucrats. Canada does not have a First Amendment and free speech is limited.

For example Francois Houle, vice-president academic and provost,for the University of Ottawa advised conservative,Ann Coulter, who holds a law degree, to review Canada's hate speech and defamation laws before giving her talk at the university.

In an email sent to Ms. Coulter on Friday, a copy of which was obtained by the Canadian "National Post", Mr. Houle wrote: "Our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of expression (or "free speech") in a manner that is somewhat different than the approach taken in the United States. I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here." He continued, "Promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges."

To read more click on the title for a link to the Canadian "National Post."

For me, I shall not be going to Mexico or Canada for a vacation anytime soon.