There has been an alarming increase in censorship in Canada – and more broadly, in North America. Students, professors, and members of the public have been socially persecuted for uttering subjectively offensive words, and with the introduction of Bill C-16, we are subject to criminal persecution if we exercise our right to freedom of speech.
The main point of contention from the opponents of free speech is “respect”, and “feelings”. However, we strongly feel that our individual rights and freedoms should override the feelings of others; moreover, that we should never be held criminally responsible for exercising a fundamental right.
As leaders of the free speech movement, we take serious issue with violence in response to free speech. We – as a group, and individuals of the group – have been assaulted, threatened, stalked, and harassed; all consequences of standing up for our constitutional rights. We ask you to consider whether this is the ‘Canada’ that we want to leave as legacy for our children.
The Canadian Freedom Summit 2017
The Canadian Freedom Summit is a proposal for SSFS’s first conference of its kind in Canada. Its main speaker will be Ben Shapiro, a popular conservative political commentator and columnist. Our goals for the Freedom Summit are:
1. To raise awareness for the importance of maintaining our freedom of speech.
2. To teach and set an example for resolution through peaceful discussion.
3. To encourage students, our future leaders, to broaden their minds.
With the University of Toronto and York University chapters working together, we have put together a team of ready, willing, and incredibly capable individuals who are passionate about the movement.