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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Censure the censors
Human rights commissions are being used to silence Canadians. Can anything be done to stop them? This is the question Kevin Steel asks in his Western Standard exclusive, “Censure the censors.”
Steel looks at human rights complaints levelled against groups like Free Dominion and individuals like former pastor Stephen Boissoin. He also reveals the dangerous views of Canadian Human Rights Commission investigator Dean Steacy who said: "Freedom of speech is an American concept, so I don't give it any value."
Steacy was present today at the final day of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's hearing against Marc Lemire, who is charged with violating the Human Rights Act's because of comments posted on his FreedomSite – anonymous comments not made by him, to be clear.
In a report by Joseph Brean of the National Post, Steacy revealed that:
“Investigators at the Canadian Human Rights Commission share control of an online identity called Jadewarr, which they have used to anonymously monitor and contribute to controversial far-right and white supremacist Web sites...”
“Legally, the admission by CHRC investigator Dean Steacy, and the subsequent cross-examination by Mr. Lemire's lawyers, was the most significant part of the day, in that it bolstered Mr. Lemire's case that he should not be held accountable for what others post on his site, especially if those others are government employees.”
So back to Kevin Steel’s question: Can anything be done to stop Canada’s out-of-control human rights commissions? The answer may be found in the disgusting tactics used by commission bureaucrats. It can’t be long before Canadians realize that the cost of ridding society of offensive speech may be justice itself.
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All Canadian HRC's are funded by Public monies and their budgets subjected to due dilgence and inspection by appointed Provincial Government Departments. In New Brunswick the previous HRC was headed by a Woman who refused to appear before a Committee appointed by Premier Lord,to assess complaints generated by New Brunswick taxpayers.
She was subsequently disposed of when the new Liberal Government appointed their own HRC all
duly sworn for Life Liberals whose only outstanding qualities is their long term association with the
Federal and New Brunswick Liberal Parties.The answer is of course, cut off HRC public funding
-what would they do? file a Human Rights Complaint
Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2008-03-26 8:25:20 AM
Governments could abolish these Human Rights Commissars oops I mean Commissions if they had the courage to do so. I believe, none of these Governments be they Liberal, NDP or "Conservative" have the backbone to do so. Read this article from Lifesite News below. SJG.
Internal Memo Tells Canada's Conservative MPs to be Noncommittal on Human Rights Commissions
Specifies that Conservative MPs are not to stand up publicly for freedom of speech for Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant.
By John-Henry Westen
OTTAWA, February 12, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An internal memo to Conservative MPs sent last week will be sure to disappoint freedom-loving Canadians. The memo, confirmed by LifeSiteNews.com as legitimate, originated from the office of the Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson. The "talking points" memo directs Conservative MPs to remain noncommittal on support for Liberal MP Keith Martin's motion M-446, which would put an end to the growing and dangerous abuse of human rights commissions.
Many Canadians, facing the prospect of fines and financially crippling defenses before the human rights commissions, have in recent years been silenced on issues very important to them. Most notably, defending the natural family is problematic under current legislation, since "sexual orientation" is now officially prohibited grounds of discrimination thanks to activist judicial decisions reading it into the Charter of Rights.
As LifeSiteNews.com reported previously, Martin proposed motion M-446 to delete section 13(1) from the Canadian Human Rights Act. That section forbids communication, even on the internet, of "any matter that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt by reason of the fact that that person or those persons are identifiable on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination."
The recent memo directs Conservative MPs, when asked about Martin's motion, to reply: "Motion M-446 was just recently tabled and will not be up for debate in the near future" and "I can assure you that when this Bill comes before the house for debate, I will follow it closely and will arrive at a position at that time."
While several Christians have been the subject of harassment by the human rights commissions for their stances against homosexual activism, in recent months prominent Canadians Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn have also been the subject of human rights complaints for their published opinions against radical Islam.
The memo specifies that Conservative MPs are not to stand up publicly for freedom of speech for Steyn and Levant.
The memo directs MPs, "If asked about the Steyn / Levant cases," to respond, saying, "It is not appropriate for me to comment on particular matters that might be before the Canadian Human Rights Commission or the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal."
There is a growing movement of calls for elected officials to reign in the commissions which were created by them and which are acting under mandates passed in the various Canadian legislatures. So far, the leaders of the federal and provincial governments are said to be refusing to acknowledge their role in the controversy and their ability to defuse it with simple legislative changes.
To express concerns to the Prime Minister:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Posted by: Stephen J. Gray | 2008-03-26 9:50:00 AM
Getting the managers to manage would be a start but as they are part of the problem - the solution has to come from an RCMP investigation or parliamentary inquiry.
It was disappointing to read the blogs about the hearing and regardless who scored the most points - all Canadians lost simply in that a commission designed to right inequalities has strayed so far from their original mandate and citizen expectations.
Time to renovate and rebuild folks.
Posted by: The LS from SK | 2008-03-26 2:05:44 PM
It will be interesting to see if Fact Check and Truewest will be back to defend the HRC as energetically as they did on this blog a couple of months ago.
As for the government's reluctance to rein in the commissions, perhaps they fear that to do so would leave them liable to lawsuits by those the commissions have wronged. But this is turning into a major-league scandal now, so there's hope.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-03-26 2:27:55 PM
So far all we have seen is "See No Evil, Hear no Evil and Speak no Evil" - except by hidden non-MOUs and non existent communications and clear violations of the law and civil rights.
oh well, Harper must have a Master plan?
Posted by: The LS from SK | 2008-03-26 6:53:49 PM
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