On Ernst Zündel


Ernst Zündel dedicated his life to the promulgation of a set of ideas most people think vile, and he did so mostly from Toronto. He tested the limits of the free-speech provisions in our Charter and he changed Canadian law. He was the victim of violence, and a hero to neo-Nazis everywhere for enduring deportation from Canada and imprisonment in Germany rather than renouncing his principles. Canadians knew Zündel as hateful and imperious—an affront to the liberal precepts of which he took such notorious advantage. The man will not be missed. But as we embark on yet another painful national conversation about hate speech, his dark legacy will endure.