Support Mr. Yee in Vancouver for his freedom of speech

Support Mr. Yee in Vancouver for his freedom of speech

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Ivan Pak started this petition to Honourable John Horgan (BC Government)

To The Premier of BC Government, Honourable John Horgan

Bill Yee, a respected Chinese-Canadian community leader and a former provincial judge, was requested to be expelled from B.C.'s Chinese-Canadian Community Advisory Committee after he said that allegations of genocide in Xinjiang was a lie during an interview on a Cantonese radio program. Thirteen ChineseCanadians jointly wrote a letter asking Premier Horgan to remove Mr. Yee from the committee, although Yee has publicly explained that his views are purely personal.

The letter signed by these thirteen people to urge his removal from the committee violates Mr. Yee’s right to Freedom of Expression guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

There is no democracy without dissent. Every Canadian can have different opinions on political or social matters. We respect the freedom of others to criticize Mr. Yee's viewpoint, but it is undemocratic to ask our government to prohibit dissent by removing a trusted member with different opinion on the truth from serving in our community advisory committee.

As Canadians, we the undersigned have created this petition to defend Mr. Yee's right to express different opinions in Canada. Please listen to our voices loud and clear – we believe all Canadians must defend our future as a democratic nation to allow dissent, respect differences and value diversity.

We are demanding our BC government to issue a public statement in support of Mr. Yee's freedom of speech. 

卑詩省省長華裔顧問團成員餘宏榮由於在粵語電臺採訪節目中說新疆的種族滅絕是一個謊言,而被13位華裔加拿大人聯名寫信要求將其逐出省長顧問團。我們認為該聯名信侵害了余先生的言論自由權利, 他在節目後也公開解釋了他的觀點純屬個人。

加拿大的言論自由受人權憲章保護, 我們認為每個加拿大人都可以擁有不同的政治觀點, 這是民主國家的基本價值觀。我們也尊重別人對余先生的言論有批評的自由, 但對省政府施加壓力去打壓他人不同的意見是我們無法接受的, 我們認為這是對加拿大核心價值觀的直接踐踏。

我們在此連署, 聲援余先生有發表不同觀點的權利。加拿大的言論自由是國家的基石,包容及尊重不同的觀點才是民主的真正體現。

我們要求省政府公開發表聲明以保護余宏榮的言論自由權利、捍衛人權憲章所賦予的加拿大言論自由的核心價值觀。

致省府及省長公開信詳見附件。

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