Parliament’s penultimate meeting of its ‘online hate’ study offered an ominous window into a future Canada, where lawmakers grant the state additional powers to censor – powers taken away from bureaucrats only a few years ago through the repeal of section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.

At Justice committee Tuesday morning, the first order of business was a motion from Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault to “expunge” ex-committee vice-chair Michael Cooper’s mention of the Christchurch mosque shooter.