Opponents of section 13 (The governing Conservative party among them) claim that the sections in the Criminal Code on hate speech are more than sufficient and that the Human Rights Commission should not be covering hate speech at all. They say there is plenty of protection in the Criminal Code and that this section 13 simply is overkill.
Other groups say that it isn't. Namely the Canadian Jewish Congress. They argue that more protection is better.
Others, such as New Democratic Justice Critic Joe Comartin say that the section should be kept but he admits that the application of that section has been overzealous.
My point of view is that we should review the legislation and how it is enforced to determine if we are striking a fair balance between freedom of expression and speech likely to incite violence. The latter is covered convincingly under the Criminal Code (I don't have the section off the top of my head) but there is not a whole lot stopping hateful speech which is not likely to cause violence or incite genocide.
On the one hand, I think society must have good values and there is a role for the justice system in ensuring that people are free from discrimination. On the other hand, curtailing freedom of speech has to be treated with great caution. So, I'm very much in favour of a Parliamentary review. Reasonable non-partisans like Joe Comartin will help to ensure that it's done properly. He is the guy who actually stood up for the Liberals a bit right before the last election because the Conservatives were lying, and Joe doesn't like lies even if they benefit his party.
For your reading pleasure, I've included the section that is to be review. For the full document from the Justice department, click here.