In response to the deadly terror attack that claimed the lives of six Muslim Canadians who were peacefully praying at a mosque in Quebec City, the government is attacking free speech rights.
Radio Canada reported on Wednesday that Montreal police arrested a 47-year-old man in the middle of the night for writing hateful comments on social media about Muslims.
No Canadian media outlet reported that any of the man’s comments were perceived as a direct threat.
He is not alone, though, Montreal police noted that they have gone after at least two other individuals for hate speech online. The incidents couldn’t have been serious because both cases ended with an apology from the accused offenders.
The Canadian government has become so active in monitoring and arresting people for hate speech violations. They have even created a special task force of 55 people just to monitor social media for anything deemed offensive. The group is called Agenda Vigilance and is compiled of 35 new police officers and 20 civilians.
Unlike the United States, Canada does not have an absolute right to freedom of speech and the local government believes the best available use of their resources is looking for internet trolls that hurt people’s feelings.