Canadian Supreme Court Says Anti-Gay Leaflets Are Hate Speech

But says only two of the four leaflets in question were hate speech, the other two were said to be "offensive"


The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a key pillar of Canada's hate-speech laws and has found that flyers distributed by a Saskatchewan anti-gay activist constituted hate speech.

However, in a 6-0 decision, the Supreme Court reined in the original ruling by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal that ordered Weyburn man Bill Whatcott to pay $17,500 to people who complained about four flyers he distributed in the province in 2001 and 2002 and banned him from distributing similar material.

H/TPierre Honeyman