Canadian Jewish Congress Requests Ban on Dissemination of Hate Materials

A lengthy memorandum urging the Canadian House of Commons to enact legislation outlawing the dissemination orally or by publication of any materials harmful to any ethnic, religious or racial group in this country was submitted by the Canadian Jewish Congress today to the External Affairs Committee of the House of Commons.

Two bills dealing with the general subject are before the External Affairs Committee. One of the measures, introduced by Milton Klein and J. E. Walker, links hatemongering to the United Nations Convention Against Genocide. It is for that reason that the draft had been assigned to the External Affairs group. The other bill was authorized by two other members of Parliament, Dr. Orlikow and Stanley Knowles.

In its memorandum, the CJC seeks legislation against any type of hatemongering actions, requesting “legislation to provide religious, ethnic and racial groups with protection from the abusive, scurrilous, insulting and injurious actions.” Amendments of present laws are sought by the CJC and Parliament is requested to set specific penalties for violations. The Congress memorandum was signed by Michael Garber, president of the CJC, and Sydney M. Harris, chairman of the national joint community relations committee of the CJC and B’nai B’rith.

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