Debates of the Senate  
1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 148, Issue 139
  Tuesday, February 26, 2013
 
Question to Senator Eaton on Bill C-43: An Act to Amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Would the senator take another question?

Senator Eaton: Yes.

Senator Dyck: I am not sure if I heard the honourable senator correctly, but I believe she talked about getting tougher on foreigners who deliver hate messages or are extremely misogynistic. Is that correct?

Senator Eaton: The minister will have the discretion to make that determination. If someone is known to be misogynistic or homophobic or is known to spew hatred or partake of terrorist activity, the minister can deny that person entry to the country.

Senator Dyck: I understand the rationale, but it confuses me that another bill, Bill C-304, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act, takes almost the opposite stance by proposing to remove section 13 in respect of spreading hate messages via the Internet. Under Bill C-304, it is okay for Canadians to spew hate, but under Bill C-43 it is not okay for foreigners to do so. There seems to be an inconsistency. Perhaps the honourable senator could rationalize the two conflicting viewpoints.

Senator Eaton: I am sorry, honourable senators; I am not familiar with Bill C-304. Bill C-43 deals with non-Canadian citizens. The honourable senator is quite right in saying that if Canadians want to spew that kind of thing, it is a whole other matter. This bill deals with non-Canadian citizens.