Canada: Legislation limits free speech for journalists
Canadian journalists will face fines for commenting on the striking action of trade unionists under new legislation passed in the state of Alberta.
Canadian journalists will face fines for commenting on the striking action of trade unionists under new legislation passed in the state of Alberta. As reported by Index on Censorship earlier this week Bill 45 and Bill 46 will see heavy sanctions placed on those who partake in illegal picketing or comment publicly on those doing so. Both bills passed through their third and final readings on Wednesday 4 December, in front of a full gallery of concerned members of the public
Journalists now face fines of $500 a day for any comments made regarding support for union strikes. Alongside this, Bill 45 also limits the discussion of striking action or threats to strike by civil servants, fining unions $1 million a day unless they are able to convince a court they were not responsible for or encouraging of the striking talk.
Don Braid said in the Calgary Herald this week: ”It’s hard to imagine a more blatant violation of free speech, a right that always implies a certain social anarchy to function usefully. People are not allowed to break laws, but they are permitted, except in obvious cases of threatening harm, to talk about challenging, testing, pushing or even breaking them. The offence is in the breaking, not the talking. But not for Alberta’s public unions. Talking is now pretty much illegal.”
This article was originally posted on 6 Dec 2013 at indexoncensorship.org
I have nothing to say except WOW...
Where is the Federal Government, why hasn`t Canada`s Government stopped these illegal acts by a provincial Government..we now live in a totalitarian country..
As mentioned before, Corporations are our enemy, they now control the Governments in Canada..
The commodity super cycle has ended, oil is flat and will remain flat for the next few years, tar goop producers are about to slash wages in the energy extraction industry..
This is the first salvo by Alberta ....Workers are about to be targetted..The forecast for Canada and the Provinces is flat to negative, tar goup extractors are losing money..
Welcome to Harper-land..We saw it with Air Canada, Canada post, Aveos...
Caterpillar after receiving hundreds of millions in tax break told Canadian workers to hit the bricks..
Assault on teachers, temporary foreign worker program rife with corruption..
Job losses every month, and Alberta and Canada running massive deficits, assaults on Canada pension, on healthcare and Harper continues to raid the unemployment fund, and even our veterans are being assaulted, disrespected and scorned, environmental laws stripped bare and regulatory energy reviews hijacked, ..Stephen Harper has used his dictorial pulpit to send the RCMP, CSIS and the taxman to scare away, intimidate and corrupt..
Time for a call to arms by all self-respecting journalists, bloggers, writers and average joes and janes..
Not enough...Stephen Harper has converted, twisted, contorted and is using the bureaucracy for partisan purposes, he was caught breaking the law again..Stephen Harper is running on empty, he`s getting desperate, the law and honour have no meaning in Stephen Harper`s political party..They are nothing but a criminal organization flailing away...Harper will be removed in the next federal election or sooner..
Time to rise up!
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