“For me?! You shouldn’t have!”
Canada’s Official Jews were the political midwives of the “hate speech” provisions in both the Criminal Code and various human rights laws.
As I’ve written before, these laws were obviously not enacted in response to any real criminal threat. Just twenty years after the Second World War, one out of five men on the street in Canada was a war veteran who had personally helped dispatch the Axis. The idea that our stable, liberal democracy might have erupted in pogroms or even revolution at the behest of a few eccentric racists is laughable.
No, the hate speech laws weren’t in response to a legal need. They were in response to a political and psychological need. The Canadian Jewish Congress wanted to show the bruised Jewish community that they were alert and vigilant ethnic bosses — perhaps to make up for their shameful political silence during the Holocaust itself.