Defend Free Speech: Oppose Bill 202
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Dear Deb Matthews,
As one of your constituents and a resident of London North Centre, I am calling on you urgently to oppose Bill 202, which is a serious affront to free speech that can only put a chill on peaceful public debate in Ontario.
This hastily-introduced private member’s bill amounts to grand-standing by two MPPs, and it will achieve nothing positive. Ontario already has anti-discrimination laws that protect all residents of the province from unfair treatment: there is no need to criminalize peaceful dissent and protest by singling out one movement, which is both peaceful and non-discriminatory. The text of Bill 202 is also is a grossly inaccurate smear against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
It is very likely that such legislation would not pass a constitutional challenge, but it would be much better for it to never pass into law. Such legislation can only serve to stifle public debate and peaceful discussion about issues of interest in our communities. As Deputy Premier, you have an important role to play in this debate, to defend free speech from politically-motivated attacks and prohibitions.
Can I count on you as my MPP to oppose this Bill at Second reading on Thursday, in order to defend free speech? Please call me at your earliest convenience, so that we can discuss this urgent issue directly.
Sincerely and persistently,
[name and address]
CC: Premier Wynne, Ontario Liberal Party