Some of us remain under the false impression that Canada is a free country. Free speech, however, is not apparently not a Canadian value. The Alberta Human Rights and Citizen Commission recently ordered that a preacher "shall cease publishing in newspapers, by email, on the radio, in public speeches, or on the internet, in future, disparaging remarks about gays and homosexuals ...." The minister had published a letter in the Red Deer Advocate that harshly criticized what it called the "militant homosexual agenda" which he regards as "evil" and "wicked." Harsh and provocative stuff but clearly protected speech in the US.
Last week, a complaint against Mark Steyn was considered by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. Steyn has written a book suggesting that demographic changes in Europe dramatically increasing the proportion of the population that is Muslim will dramatically change the nature of those societies. This is, of course, almost certainly true. (It is already happening in the UK and the Netherlands.)
But it's unlawful in Canada to say so.
Eugene Volokh points out that the Canadian Supreme Court originally upheld the Canadian "hate speech" ban because it thought that it would be limited to extremely offensive statements. That was incredibly naive. The purpose of hate speech laws is to remake society. It is, quite literally, to abolish heresy and that can't be done by abolishing only the most vulgar and inflammatory statements.