Thursday, May 8, 2008

Another MP denouces the Canadian Human Rights Commission and Section 13

Ezra Levant recently broke the story that yet another Member of Parliament has denounced the Canadian Human Rights Commission.


This time is a letter by Gary Lunn, the Conservative Minister of Natural Resources.


The letter from Gary Lunn is available online here




Here is Ezra Levant’s article:



Another cabinet minister criticizes Canadian Islamic Congress, CHRC

Last week Jason Kenney, the cabinet minister and secretary of state for multiculturalism, criticized the Canadian Human Rights Commission for its abusive procedures and its substantive violations of Canadians' freedom of expression. He used words like "dangerous" and "illiberal".

This week another cabinet minister joins Kenney: Gary Lunn, the minister for natural resources. Here is a copy of Lunn's letter to a constituent on the subject. The most important lines are:

I share your concern with respect to the possible consequences for freedom of speech in Canada as a result of the CHRC's decision to hear complaints like the one launched by the Canadian Islamic Congress.

...given the importance of freedom of speech to democratic discourse, I believe that the CHRC should be cautious to not allow cases relating to freedom of speech to become a focal point for its work, when such matters lie outside of its established mandate.

I will bear your thoughts in mind in future discussions on this issue...

I'm impressed with Lunn's remarks. He doesn't pussyfoot around the Canadian Islamic Congress complaint -- he calls it a risk to free speech and indeed democracy. And, more importantly, he criticizes the CHRC itself, stating resolutely that scrutinizing speech is "outside" the CHRC's legal mandate.

And his last remark -- telegraphing that he'll keep talking about this issue -- is the most heartening of all.

Friends, remember our two-step plan:

1. Denormalize Canada's human rights commissions; then

2. Press legislators to act.

In the past four months, we've exposed the abuses, corruption and plain old nuttiness of Canada's HRCs. Not a day goes by without editorials and news reports on the subject. (I recommend visiting the Free Mark Steyn site for the most comprehensive daily aggregation of news and views. I used to link to all of them, but there's just too much for me to keep up!)

Now MPs and even cabinet ministers are alive to the problem -- and they're starting to speak up.

Take a moment to send a supportive e-mail to Lunn. Send one to Kenney, too. And why not send one to the Prime Minister, too.

And keep pressing your own local MP on the subject. If you get a response -- positive or negative -- send it to me, and I'll blog about it!




Strange that Levants “two-step plan” doesn’t include having the law declared unconstitutional, which is the most likely outcome, with an election always looming and the knee-jerk Conservatives too scared to even publicly comment on Dr. Martin’s visionary motion M-446 what hope is their really in the politicians?








The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

Active and Past cases: 46  |  Cases the tribunal ruled on: 37


·         NOT A SINGLE respondent have ever won a section 13 case

·         98% of cases have poor or working class respondents

·         90.7% of respondents are not represented by lawyers

·         $99,000 has been awarded in fines and special compensation since 2003.

·         35 respondents have lifetime speech bans (Cease and Desist) orders and if not followed the victims could face up to 5 years in prison.




Groups, Writers and MPs that Support a Repeal of Section 13:


Liberal MP Keith Martin

Liberal MP Dan McTeague

Conservative MP James Rajotte

Conservative MP Bruce Stanton

Conservative MP Gary Lunn

Ezra Levant

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Rex Murphy)

Catholic Insight Magazine

Catholic Register

Halifax Chronicle Herald (Paul Schneidereit)

PEN Canada

CDN Association of Journalists

Mary Steyn (Macleans Magazine)

Calgary Herald

Western Standard Magazine

London Free Press

B'nai Brith Jewish Tribune

Sask Leader-Post

Deborah Gyapong

Calgary AM770

Globe and Mail

National Post

David Warren (Ottawa Citizen)

Eye Magazine (Toronto)

Toronto Star

Toronto Sun

Interim Magazine

Sault Ste. Marie – SooToday

Winnipeg Free Press

Oak Bay News

Victoria News




Constitutional Challenge of Section 13