Canada has lost a remarkable champion of civil liberties. Borovoy was best-known as the outspoken general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association for 41 years, until his retirement in 2009. From the obituary in the Toronto Star on May 11:
…He opposed the prosecution of notorious figures like neo-Nazi Ernst Zundel and the anti-Semitic schoolteacher Jim Keegstra under Canada’s anti-hate laws when others tried to silence or punish them for their views. “We should not censor those making racist statements but censure them,” he told the Star back in 2000.
Eventually he came to believe that “extremists among equality seekers” posed a danger to liberal values by trying to use hate speech laws and human rights commissions to silence their enemies….