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Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Ezra Levant: Randy Hillier gets to the heart of the Human Rights Commissions
Mark Steyn has already weighed in, saying he likes Ontario PC Leadership Candidate Randy Hillier's proposal to abolish the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Now Ezra Levant, another free-speech warrior and author of the bestselling book Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights says that Hillier's position "gets to the heart" of the HRCs and hopes that all leadership candidates adopt the same stance, which is simply, as Ezra might say: Fire. Them. All.
Levant on Hillier:
I love his tagline: real justice, real judges. That gets to the heart of it pretty well. Ontario's HRC is run by a failed Toronto mayor, a Marxist crusader named Barbara Hall. She's no judge, and what she's meting out is not justice.
Hillier, along with fellow PC MPP Lisa Macleod, have been leading the charge to reform Ontario's HRCs. They were the ones who pressed for public hearings at which Tribunal appointees would be grilled -- which led to some scary revelations about the censorious instincts of that panel. And he also was part of the team (led by Macleod) who brought Mark Steyn to Queen's Park to testify about the kangaroo court nature of the OHRC.
I'm glad Hillier is making this issue part of his campaign. Frankly, I hope the other candidates "me too" him on this, and make it unanimous!
Posted by Kalim Kassam on April 8, 2009 | Permalink
Excellent. Let's hope free speechers now get behind Hillier.
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-04-08 12:39:19 AM
It now remains to be seen if the Ontario PCs will back Hillier or prefer someone wanting to ape the Liberals and NDP.
Posted by: Alain | 2009-04-08 12:37:15 PM
What I find so interesting about Randy's political career is that in many ways it was created by the Harris government. Centralizing the government agencies that dealt with rural landowner issues and economies created the unhappiness that drove the "back off gov't" movement in eastern Ontario. I always wonder why people from rural ridings support "conservative" parties when they serve big business interests first, and string them along to the ballot with wedge issues.
Posted by: ALIO | 2009-04-08 3:49:43 PM
ALIO, you actually think that the Liberals do not support big business. Of course then there is the NDP supporting unions with a record for bankrupting the province. By the way it is actually what you call big business that provides most of the wealth and benefits that you enjoy.
Posted by: Alain | 2009-04-08 8:33:13 PM
alain..not promoting any of the other parties, only commenting that I rarely see evidence that conservative gov'ts look after their reliable rural support base.
Posted by: ALIO | 2009-04-09 5:38:36 AM
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