Freedom of expression is protected on the first page of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (section 2) to ensure that every person's thoughts, beliefs, and opinions can be expressed, regardless of how favourable, meaningful, controversial, unpopular, distasteful, or offensive they may be. These protections, which are the primary building blocks of a psychologically healthy society, are essential to open and honest discourse that fosters progress while also embracing cultural diversity, human solidarity and dignity, and critical thinking for the impartial consideration and skeptical examination of ideas for their merits.
Constitution Act, 1982 (Part I, Schedule B)
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (selected portions)
Rights and freedoms in Canada
1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
- freedom of conscience and religion;
- freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
- freedom of peaceful assembly; and
- freedom of association.
The above text is only a selected portion of the Canadian Constitution; the full text is available here: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/Const/FullText.html
A downloadable high-resolution version of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms is available, here: charter-of-rights-and-freedoms-canada.jpg
The full text of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms can be found in our Constitution (almost half way into the document), here: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/Const/FullText.html