Video: A Great Fighter for Truth, Mr. Douglas Christie

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Mr. Doug­las H. Chri­stie was an emi­nent bar­ri­ster, fast thin­king, well spe­aking — right­ful­ly cal­led “the batt­ling bar­ri­ster”. He died from liver can­cer in 2013, 66 years old.

He defen­ded Ernst Zun­del during the The Zun­del case (1992) cen­tred on the con­sti­tu­tio­nal vali­di­ty of section 181 of the Cri­mi­nal Code which pro­hi­bits the wil­ful dis­se­mi­na­tion of fal­se news. Zun­del had publis­hed a bro­chu­re entit­led “Did Six Mil­li­on Real­ly Die?”. He clai­med that the Holo­caust was a myth ema­nat­ing from a Jewish wor­ld con­spira­cy. Jud­ge McLa­chlin deli­ve­red the jud­g­ment of the Supre­me Court of Cana­da hol­ding that Zundel’s publi­ca­tion fell under the pro­tection of the sub­section 2(b) of the Cana­di­an Char­ter of Rights and Fre­edoms; it was certain­ly com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ve in cha­ra­cter. All com­mu­ni­ca­tions were pro­tected, more­over, save tho­se that were sul­lied by vio­len­ce. The Court majo­ri­ty (4 to 3), howe­ver, held that section 181 denied Zundel’s fre­edom of expres­sion. Jud­ge McLa­chlin held for the majo­ri­ty that section 181 was not justi­fied in a free and demo­cra­tic socie­ty. Jud­ges Cory and Iaco­buc­ci draf­ted the mino­ri­ty jud­g­ment. Accor­ding to the dis­sen­ting jud­ges, section 181 was a rea­so­nab­le limit on fre­edom of expres­sion in a free and demo­cra­tic socie­ty. A majo­ri­ty of the Supre­me Court held, nevert­he­less, that section 181 of the Cri­mi­nal Code was uncon­sti­tu­tio­nal.

Doug Chri­stie won this case in Supre­me Court.