There seems to be a bit of confusion over how Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act came about. In her interview with Ezra Levant, Kathy Shaidle says that Section 13 came about due to the "old political correctness".
Unfortunately, the truth is far from being so nice and bubbly. It is a clear fact that Section 13 was added into the Canadian Human Rights Act specifically to silence and shut up a man named John Ross Taylor. It was nothing about political correctness, but rather Section 13 is a straight up HIT-law, used to silence, punish and bankrupt those that dare to speak out.
Here are the actual documents which prove my point. [The following text is an article I wrote on the origins of Section 13 entitled "Genesis of Section 13 - From Taylor to 'Terrorism'" available at http://www.stopsection13.com/history_of_sec13.html]
In November of 1975, Ontario’s Deputy Attorney General, F.W. Callaghan, lobbied the Federal Department of Justice demanding the inclusion of speech-restricting legislation that removed the need for “willfulness” or fair comment based on public interest.
Here are actual documents:
The real intent of Section 13 was to silence legitimate non-violent criticism of immigration, crime, multiculturalism and integration. Ontario’s Deputy AG Callaghan summed up the true motivation behind silencing Taylor using the Human Rights Act:
[Read the rest of the History of 13 at StopSection13.com]