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Canadian Bar Association Reaffirms Support for Anti-hate Legislation

The civil liberties section of the Canadian Bar Association reaffirmed today its support of an anti-hate bill now being considered by the Canadian Senate.

By a vote of 23 to 12, the section voted down a resolution by a group of British Columbia lawyers who were opposed to the bill. The Senate measure would make the advocacy of genocide or the dissemination of racist propaganda a criminal offense. It was based on a report by the Cohen Committee which was submitted to and approved by the Canadian Bar Association at its annual convention in Winnipeg last year.