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Hate Crime/Extremism Investigative Team
Aug 27, 2005 18:34 ETBack | Print Article
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I saw the release saying DRPS is now a member of the HCEIT. What constitutes hate propaganda? What is extremism? I've heard of there being a criminal law against hate propaganda, but not against extremism. Is there a provincial law which forbids extremism?

Hate Propaganda is defined in s. 318 of the Criminal Code.
Advocating Genocide - everyone who advocates or promotes genocide against an identifiable group faces a possible term of five years in prison.
An identifiable group means any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, ethnic origin or religon.

Also, s. 319 is the charge of Public Incitement of hatred - anyone who by communicating statements in public that incites hatred against an identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace faces a possible term of two years in prison.

These charges have to be approved by the Attorney General before they can be laid.

S. 718 of the Code establishes aggravating factors in sentencing. So, a person convicted of a racially motivated assault will receive a harsher penalty than a person convicted of a simple assault.

Criminal Extremism covers the gamut from neo-nazi groups to radical animal rights activists and terrorism. It can be loosely defined as persons with political agendas using violence to achieve their aims.

There is no provincial law that forbids extremism. There are Federal criminal laws in place to deal with any offences arising from extremist activities (mischief, assault, arson, murder, etc.), and any of these offences could receive a harsher sentence under s. 718 if aggravating factors are proven.