I absolutely love living in a country where we have the democratic right to vote in what we believe in. As our Federal Election takes place next week, I don’t want to go into all of my beliefs and values per say, but I do want to touch on one important topic: the fundamental freedom of speech and the right to express our opinions.
The right to express our opinions is a crucial element of a democracy. Freedom of expression is a basic characteristic of personal development. It gives us the right to dissent and the right be heard.
This includes the right to express your views aloud (for example through public protest and demonstrations) or through:
- published articles, books or leaflets
- television or radio broadcasting
- works of art
- the internet and social media
My blogs are a freedom of speech and expression in which I am able to formulate my thoughts and opinions on topics and matters that I find relevant and important to myself and my well-being as a citizen of this world. I have the right to dissent and the right to be heard.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects ‘freedom of thought, beliefs, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media communication’. So, what does this mean? Currently every human rights law in Canada, with the exception of Yukon’s Human Rights Act, contains provisions that prohibit in some form the publication of messages that intend to discriminate, or that incite others to discriminate, based on certain prohibited grounds.
Do I discriminate? No.
Do I speak my mind? Yes.
Am I allowed to speak my mind? Yes.
Do I have the right to express my opinions in a written & verbal format? Yes.
Will some people be offended? Yes.
Does that bother me? Not in the slightest.
I will always speak the truth.
I will always speak my mind.
Once again, I have the right to dissent and the right to be heard.
So, does everyone else in this country.
Some words I live by and I think you should too (from Buddha, of course):