As many of you know, M103 has been introduced to the House of Commons by Iqra Khalid, the Liberal member of parliament for Mississauga-Erin Mills.
The motion as described by MP Khalid is as follows;
That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and (c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could (i) develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada, while ensuring a community-centered focus with a holistic response through evidence-based policy-making, (ii) collect data to contextualize hate crime reports and to conduct needs assessments for impacted communities, and that the Committee should present its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 240 calendar days from the adoption of this motion, provided that in its report, the Committee should make recommendations that the government may use to better reflect the enshrined rights and freedoms in the Constitution Acts, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Sounds very vague, and this has many free speech advocates quite concerned, especially since “islamophobia” is not defined. The Libertarian party of Canada recently put together about this dangerous motion. <Full disclosure, many people involved in FFFA are Libertarian Party members and supporters.>
Freedom Free For All is a new media show on public access TV Shaw channel 4 in Victoria. We tried to broadcast this video on our show to provide some counterbalance to the Mainstream Media narrative. We believe that almost all MSM in Victoria have been playing highly biased in favour of this motion. Our local Talk Radio station even had a host that said it was racist to resist this new motion, and the ONLY reason people would be against it is they are hateful bigots. Constant media droning on and on in favour of this motion caused us to look to provide the counterbalance and the other side of the story. We have been censored on Shaw as they will not broadcast this video on TV unless we provide the counterpoint as well.
Have a look at what we have been told about this video.
All Community broadcasters including Shaw TV are responsible for putting content on the air that balances all viewpoints. To balance this video, or any perspective, we are required to broadcast a different perspective or perspectives as well. IE in this case, a Muslim response to the issues and concerns raised by this piece, or a response that defends the Liberal policy on this matter. To only present one side is a violation of the CRTC’s Community Television Regulatory Framework. At present, we have no such content to fulfill this nor do we have the resources to do so in a timely way. One option is for FFFA to provide another side. We would be happy to review such content and consider airing it along with the Libertarian Party video to offer balance. Until we have a differing viewpoint to offer we are unable to broadcast the Libertarian video.
Luckily FFFA is nimble and smart enough to find ways to work around this, and while we cannot air the video as of yet, we DO have the Libertarian Party Of Canada Leader, Tim Moen, available to come speak on our show via Skype to discuss this attack on one of the foundations of a free society, Freedom of Speech.
We will be broadcasting this show with LPoC Leader, Tim Moen both LIVE and on CABLE TV on Tuesday Feb.21 at 7:30pm pst. Be sure to log into youtube to join our live chat and get your questions in with our guest.
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