Free speech

Ontario votes down bill targeting boycott and divestment movement against Israel

Watch what protesters outside the legislature had to say as the bill was debated
Photo: Tomstoukas

A controversial bill was defeated today in the Ontario legislature by a vote of 39 to 18. The proposed legislation, Bill 202, was aimed at the movement advocating boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel for its occupation of Palestinian lands.

The Ontario Civil Liberties Association sent an open letter to all members of the Ontario legislature earlier today, expressing their "strenuous opposition" to the proposed legislation.

"There is no question that this bill, if enacted, would negatively and unreasonably impact freedom of speech and political freedom in Ontario."

This video report shows you what protesters were saying outside the legislature while the bill was being debated inside.

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