Essay on The Canadian Government Should Not Be Legal

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Freedom of speech is the right to express one’s opinion without censorship, restraint, or legal penalty. With respect to this, the government’s power to interfere with its citizen’s speech, should have numerous limitations and restrictions to prevent tyranny of those in power (Mill, 6). Therefore, the Canadian government should not be involved in this complaint against Maclean 's magazine. The Canadian government should not intervene in this situation because the harm caused by the action of intervening is greater than inaction. Canada’s government should be preserving our freedom of speech and not violating this fundamental freedom. Mill’s opinion would support this argument because in On Liberty he states “If the arguments of the present chapter are of any validity, there ought to exist the fullest liberty of professing and discussing, as a matter of ethical conviction, any doctrine, however immoral it may be considered.” (Mill,106). Mill has a strong defense of free speech, he says any beliefs should be allowed, regardless of how immoral it may be considered.

The government does have a role to play in governing free speech. There are appropriate times when the government can regulate speech. The government has a role to play in preventing incidents of violence and can do this by restricting speech which may result in this occurring. Any type of speech which promotes violence, must be restricted to prevent harm to any individuals. Also any speech which can result in…

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