What is considered hate and what isn't
You have perhaps seen the Facebook picture of Pauline Marois depicted as Hitler and heard about the Montreal man who on the day after the Metropolis shooting, declared September 5th, Richard Henry Bain day, after the alleged election night shooter. That man is now facing charges.
The Sureté du Québec says it is being extra vigilant about what is being posted on social media in the wake of the shooting, which begs the question, what are you and aren't you allowed to post?
CJAD legal analyst Christoper Dimakos explains there is a fine line between writing something that could be considered a hate crime or is freedom of speech.
"You can express your opinion in regards to a politcian's platform, for example, but you cannot cross the line where your comments can be perceived as encouraging hatred and intimidation towards that person."
In the case of the photo of Pauline Marois in a Nazi uniform and Hitler moustache getting a lot of attention on Facebook, Dimakos says it can fall under the hate crime category.
"It can incite a hate crime because it is a very serious picture."
Dimakos adds, even if you meant your comments to be a joke it is how they're interpreted by others that matters.