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The Quote Of The Year Eleven year-old David Murphy was sitting in a school bus parked in a gas station while the driver was in the men’s room. The bus began rolling and moved into the path of a large truck. David jumped into the driver’s seat and steered the bus to safety — only to see that it was then about to roll down a steep hill. The determined lad struggled with the steering wheel and again directed the bus away from disaster. When asked to describe how he managed to maintain his nerve when confronted with the second crisis, David said he took one look at the hill, and… “There was nothing good down there.” The Canadian Disease A Canadian official with the authority to investigate breaches of the law and prosecute accused criminals is testifying in a hearing. He is asked what he thinks of freedom of speech; his reply is unexpected, shocking, and almost impossible to believe: “Freedom of speech is an American concept, so I don’t give it any value. … It’s not my job to give value to an American concept.” What in the world is going on here? Is the core value of the Enlightenment literally irrelevant to Canadian jurisprudence? Part of the answer may be that Canada has no constitutional protection of free speech. That leaves the government free to censor...

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