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Friday, November 14, 2008

Anti-section 13(1) resolution passes at CPC convention

According to Dr. Dawg, attending the Conservative Party of Canada's convention in Winnipeg, the delegates "overwhelmingly" passed resolution P-203, "supporting legislation to remove authority from the Canadian Human Rights Commission and Tribunal to regulate, receive, investigate or adjudicate complaints related to Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act."

P-203. Essentially get rid of Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. Unsurprisingly, passed overwhelmingly

Link here. More to follow...

UPDATE: Anyone want to bet money that Stephen Harper is going to entirely ignore the delegates on this one?

UPDATE2: According to Richard Evans in the comments, the resolution has only gotten through the first hurdle. It'll be debated and voted on tomorrow in a general session. So what do we think? Is it going to jump that hurdle, too?

This could be interesting...

Posted by Terrence Watson on November 14, 2008 in Canadian Conservative Politics | Permalink


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Great news, but as I pointed out on Ezra's blog yesterday, I have some concerns about the wording...

"Remove authority from the Canadian Human Rights Commission..." What's to stop another government from quietly re-delegating such authority once the whole debate blows over?

Michael Ignatieff recently gained Warren Kinsella's endorsement, which probably comes at a political price, and certainly doesn't inspire confidence.

At an absolute minimum, section 13 needs to be abolished decisively.

A CHRC ethics code wouldn't hurt either, but I guess I shouldn't get my hopes up too high.

Posted by: Jeremy Maddock | 2008-11-14 4:16:09 PM

The motion passed through the plenary session but it still needs to be debated and voted on during tomorrow's general session.

Posted by: Richard Evans | 2008-11-14 4:21:19 PM

Thanks, Richard. I'll update.

Posted by: Terrence Watson | 2008-11-14 4:22:34 PM

Terrence, technically this is a workshop recommendation to the plenary, which will meet tomorrow. No big surprises expected, though.

Other than that, your analysis is correct. PMSH has said that he regards these resolutions as consultative in nature. No force or effect.

Posted by: Dr. Dawg | 2008-11-14 4:27:57 PM

Good bloody luck. There's no way they're going to touch that because with a minority that many people are already leary of I imagine you can imagine the ads the left will run if they do anything to anything sounding like they're ripping out the rights of the opressed few. Imagine Liberal ads as such "Harper's government wants to eliminate protections for minorities being attacked by hateful terrorists. If your Canada includes free speech and protection vote XXXX"

Posted by: Pete | 2008-11-14 8:23:26 PM

It's not as hopeless as you suggest, Pete. The opposition parties know Canadians are in no mood for another election and will have to tread very carefully to avoid triggering one.

That said, I'll count this abomination of section dead only once the amendment received royal assent. But here's hoping. It's not like there's anyone clamouring for them to keep it, and the HRCs have been the focus of quite a lot of bad press lately. This is the time to do it, if it's going to be done.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-14 8:35:51 PM

Is there no way that they could put it into an omnibus bill along with money matters and make it a confidence vote by default?

Posted by: Richard Evans | 2008-11-14 8:49:17 PM

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