AG on Oliver Free Speech Rally
CBC TV
March 20, 1998

REPORTER:
GOOD EVENING. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS TONIGHT THAT THERE WILL BE SCRUTINY OF A SO-CALLED FREE SPEECH CONFERENCE IN THE OKANAGAN THIS WEEKEND. UJJAL DOSANJH SAYS THERE WILL BE A, "POLICE PRESENCE" AT THE MEETING IN OLIVER. THE MEETING IS SET FOR SATURDAY, WHICH HAPPENS TO BE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACISM. BUT AS MARGO HARPER REPORTS, THE GATHERING WILL FEATURE SPEAKERS ACCUSED [by jews, leftists & communists] OF PROMOTING RACISM. ++

MARGO HARPER:
IT IS AN INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR WHITE SUPREMACIST PROPAGANDA.[false statement] AN INTERNET SERVER, FTCNET.COM, OR FAIRVIEW TECHNOLOGIES, BASED IN THE LITTLE OKANAGAN TOWN OF OLIVER. ++

BERNARD KLATT:
I'M IN THE BUSINESS OF PROVIDING INTERNET ACCESS, I'M NOT IN THE BUSINESS OF DENYING ACCESS TO THE INTERNET. I DON'T SEE WHY I SHOULD DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE THAT WANT TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWPOINTS. ++

UJJAL DOSANJH:
ALL BRITISH COLUMBIANS AND ALL CANADIANS FIND THOSE ACTIVITIES TO BE REPUGNANT. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF BRITISH COLUMBIA IS CHARGED WITH ENFORCING LAW, AND I CAN TELL YOU THE WHOLE MATTER DATING BACK SOME TIME IS -- HAS BEEN UNDER INVESTIGATION, CONTINUES TO BE SO. [... BECAUSE I DO WHAT SOL LITTMAN TELLS ME TO DO?]++

MARGO HARPER:
B.C.'S HATE CRIME UNIT, WHOSE MEMBERS WOULD RATHER REMAIN LOW PROFILE, HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING FAIRVIEW FOR ALMOST A YEAR. FEELING THAT HE PERHAPS, COMBINED WITH THE OBVIOUS CONCERN FROM THE CITIZENS OF OLIVER, BERNARD KLATT [Paul Fromm] HAS ORGANIZED A SO-CALLED FREE SPEECH FORUM FOR SATURDAY. THE INVITED GUESTS ARE A WHO'S WHO OF THE CANADIAN FAR RIGHT. DOUG COLLINS, WHO HAD A RECENT BATTLE WITH THE B.C. HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION. DOUG CHRISTIE, LAWYER FOR JIM KEEGSTRA AND ERNST ZUNDEL, AND SALMON ARM BASED EILEEN PRESSLER WHO PUBLISHES A RACIST DIGEST, THE COUNCIL ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS. THEY AND OTHERS WILL GATHER TO SUPPORT FAIRVIEW'S RIGHTS TO DISSEMINATE WHAT MANY CALL HATE PROPAGANDA.[false statement]++

UJJAL DOSANJH:
I AM CONCERNED, AS THE CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF THE PROVINCE, I AM TROUBLED THAT THESE KINDS OF EVENTS CONTINUE TO HAPPEN IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. I'M TROUBLED THAT PURVEYORS OF HATRED SOMETIMES WOULD USE THE EXCUSE OR THE GUISE OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION TO SPREAD WHAT IS MOST OBJECTIONABLE TO MOST BRITISH COLUMBIANS AND CANADIANS. ++

MARGO HARPER:
OBJECTIONABLE, PERHAPS, BUT ILLEGAL IS ANOTHER MATTER. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A SUCCESSFUL HATE PROPAGANDA PROSECUTION IN B.C.. AND HATE IN CYBERSPACE IS EVEN MORE DIFFICULT TO PROVE. EVEN SO, DOSANJH PROMISES A STRONG POLICE PRESENCE AT THE GATHERING IN OLIVER SATURDAY ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACISM. MARGO HARPER, CBC NEWS. ++