Anti-Hate Speech Law Detains ’Porno Pete’ at the Canadian Border
Since 1994, the Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Canada has served to eliminate barriers to trade in goods and services. However, as one anti-gay activist found out late Thursday, stupidity and hatred are one product Canadians have an embargo on.
Citing Canada’s hate speech law, which makes illegal the spread of misinformation and hate speech about protected groups, Americans for the Truth about Homosexuality president, Peter LaBarbera was detained and blocked from entering Canada at Regina International Airport in Saskatchewan Thursday.
LaBarbera was enroute to Weyburn, Sask., where he is scheduled to deliver an address about "the interconnections between the pro-abortion and the gay agendas" at a Saskatchewan pro-life association convention on Saturday.
CTVNews reports that according to LaBarbera, after he told customs officials why he was visiting Canada, agents checked out his group’s website and subsequently told him he may be breaking Canadian hate-speech laws. He was then refused entry, but given a one-day grace period to remain in Regina for appeal.
In his blog , LaBarbera blames the incident on being flagged as a result of a campaign by the leftist group "Intolerance Free Weyburn," which is specifically lobbying the Canadian government to deny my entry into Canada as the alleged purveyor of "hate’.
A detailed first hand account by LaBarbera: