This  article seeks  to  understand the  manner in  which the  commitment to freedom of expression has evolved in both Canada and Colombia, based on the examination of historical patterns and court decisions. Through the lens  of the Canadian experience, it looks at the difficulties faced by Colombia, where the  state is still struggling to exercise the  monopoly of power within its own  territory as  a first  stumbling block  to  the  consolidation of  its democracy. Any  effort  to compare the  exercise of liber- ties in two countries with such different legal traditions faces  obvious challenges, even more so when after 200 years of  independence one   of  the  countries has still failed to  achieve the  stability and security required to assure sustainable economic development. However, in the  21st century the  principles underlying the  political and economic systems of both countries are  the  same, and they share, at least formally, a commitment to respect democracy, human rights and principles of good government. This  is the  primary motivation behind this  analysis.