Today I was at the FM93 studios, not for an interview but rather to denounce their racist, Islamopbobic, sexist and homophobic comments.

Trash radio stations in Quebec are a nuisance to our society and to our living together. They generate profits by constantly attacking minorities and marginalized people, and it is time for this to stop.

Radio waves are public spaces. There is no reason why our governments should tolerate this kind of discourse. I am announcing to you today that a Green government will take all means at the disposal of the state to stop hate speech on the capital's trash radio stations as well as in public places.

While we support freedom of expression, there are limits to what is acceptable. The Criminal Code already prohibits hate speech propaganda, but our governments, both provincial and federal, refuse to take concrete action to enforce the laws.

In my opinion, both Liberal governments are benefiting from the presence of hate speech in the public space. The Liberals should start making responsible choices by enforcing hate speech laws even if it goes against their partisan interests.

Now is the time to act!

Alex Tyrrell
Leader of the Green Party of Quebec

 

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