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Thursday, May 07, 2009
Randy Hillier discusses eliminating the Human Rights Commission with the National Post
Ontario should eliminate its human rights commissions and tribunals, according to Randy Hillier, one of four candidates vying for the leadership of the province's Progressive Conservatives. "I don't believe you can reform something so broken and so corrupted in its process and its outcomes," Mr. Hillier said yesterday during a meeting with the National Post editorial board. He argued issues currently addressed by commissions and tribunals should be handled by the traditional court system. "Real human rights are so important and inviolable that they should be protected by our courts by real justices, with due process of law."
Here's a video of Hillier having a chat with the editorial board:
It would be good to know what, exactly, Randy considers a "real human right".
If, by "real" human rights he means life, liberty and property, then his proposal is substantive.
If, by "real" human rights he includes such things as a right not to be discriminated against - by ones landlord or employer - on the basis of race, sex, religion etc. (i.e., the listed grounds set out in the Human Rights Code), then his proposal is largely non-substantive.
The essential Human Rights issue is not one of mere procedural justice/fairness. It is one of freedom: the idea that the government does not have any legitimate role in regulating opinions or their expression, in regulating emotions, or in punishing a refusal to contract with someone for irrational, immoral reasons (e.g., racism, sexism, nationalism, etc.). Where consent determines relations among individuals, no injustice is done...unless the government does it.
Posted by: Paul McKeever | 2009-05-07 3:51:05 PM
Randy offers the program with the most reforms. I like Elliott's position on the flat tax. However, it seems like Randy offers 3 good ideas for every 1 she comes up with. Randy is my 1st choice! Elliott is the fallback candidate!
Posted by: Ted | 2009-05-07 8:42:10 PM
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