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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ezra Levant has denormalized Canada’s human rights industry; it’s now time for the law to change

Columnist Paul Schneidereit with the Halifax Chronicle Herald has written an excellent piece on Ezra Levant’s campaign to denormalized Canada’s human rights commissions. Here's an excerpt:

Last January, political gadfly Ezra Levant – fighting a ridiculous human rights complaint laid against him for daring to publish the Danish cartoons in Alberta – called for a long-term campaign of "denormalization" of Canada’s various human rights commissions.

Ezra’s reasoning was simple. To roll back the increasing, dangerous encroachment of human rights bureaucrats in the realm of free speech, the former publisher of the Western Standard argued the general public’s – and many politicians’ – until-then benign impression of the commissions themselves first had to change.

Since then, Levant has documented the dangerous work and devious tactics of human rights bureaucrats and has challenged politicians, civil liberties groups and libertarian and conservative journalists and bloggers to join the cause of free speech. As a measure of his success, we have Keith Martin’s Private Members Bill to scrap Section 13.1 of the Canadian Human Rights Act and a policy resolution coming out of last weekend’s Conservative convention that would effectively do the same thing. Next week we should get a report by Richard Moon on how the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) deals with "hate speech," which, according Schneidereit, is no doubt a response by the CHRC to the avalanche of criticism that originated with Levant’s high profile campaign.

Levant has done the hard work. He has successfully denormalized the human rights industry in Canada, at least among the kind of opinion leaders who matter, and who have kept an open mind. It’s now time for politicians to change the law.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on November 18, 2008 in Freedom of expression | Permalink

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Levant has done the hard work. He has successfully denormalized the human rights industry in Canada, at least among the kind of opinion leaders who matter, and who have kept an open mind. It’s now time for politicians to change the law.
Posted by Western Standard on November 18, 2008

Funny thing about Levant was when he was a student at the University of Alberta he got several cartoons that he depicted as having a “left-wing anti-Israel” bias removed from the university publication Gateway. Selective indignation.

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-11-18 10:10:22 PM


Stig, are you not capable of anything other than your standard and tiresome sarcasm? Your dig has no relation to the fact that Mr. Levant has done, and continues doing, more to denormalise these kangaroo tribunals than anyone else. It matters not what he may have done as a student, and I doubt you can claim a spotless life from birth to your present age. Furthermore, even as a student he did not seek the assistance of the state.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-11-19 1:38:39 PM



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