Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the free speech on Friday, but said it was “not without borders and limits” and that some groups “should not suffer unilaterally and unnecessarily.”
Trudeau was responding to a question about the right for cartoon making, according to Charlie Hebdo magazine in France.
“But freedom of expression is not without limits,” he said. “We do ourselves a favor to deal with the dignity of others and we do not hurt unilaterally or unnecessarily with the people we share with society and the planet.”
“We do not have the authority, for example, to put out fires in a crowded theater, there are always restrictions,” he argued.
French President Emmanuel Macron has stepped down and appealed to Trudeau to use liberalism with caution.
“In a pluralistic, diverse and respectable society like ours, we owe it to ourselves to be aware of the impact of our actions on others, especially on these societies and populations, they still feel very discriminated,” he said.
Also, he said the community is ready for a public discussion on these issues to handle these complex conversations responsibly.
As he did with EU leaders the day before, Trudeau insisted on condemning the recent “horrific and appalling” terrorist attacks in France.
“This is an injustice and Canada stands by our French friends and strongly condemns these actions, which are going through a very difficult time,” he said.
The Canadian Parliament on Thursday observed a brief silence over the killing of three Tunisian detainees at a church in Nice, southern France.
The Middle East erupted as Macron defended the right of publishing blasphemous cartoons in France.
Macron made the remarks during a course on freedom of expression, a tribute to teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded in the street, for showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the classroom last week.