Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Conservative MP David Sweet: The CHRC is "cause for concern for all of us"

Conservative MP David Sweet: The CHRC is “cause for concern for all of us



[I] have become increasingly concerned – particularly with the credible allegations regarding the questionable investigative techniques of the CHRC and the implications for free speech in Canada.

Here is a note by Conservative MP David Sweet sent this week:

Thank you very much for your letter regarding Human Rights Commissions (CHRC).

Please be assured that I take the concerns that you and so many others have raised regarding the Canadian Human Rights Commission very seriously. As you know, academics, editorial opinion writers and a range of organizations have raised considerable questions about the actions of the CHRC. That should be cause for concern for all of us.

I have been following this situation over the past year and have become increasingly concerned – particularly with the credible allegations regarding the questionable investigative techniques of the CHRC and the implications for free speech in Canada. As a member of the House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights in the 39th Parliament and in this the 40th Parliament, I find this particularly troubling.

My colleague, Rick Dykstra, recently brought forward a Motion in the 39th Parliament, which reads:

Whereas concerns have been raised regarding the investigative techniques of the Canadian Human Rights Commission (the "Commission") and the interpretation and application of section 13 of the Canada Human Rights Act (the "Act")…

Whereas the Commission operates independently and reports to Parliament;

Be it resolved that the Justice and Human Rights Committee examine and make recommendations with respect to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

I fully agree with this motion and I am hopeful that a significant investigation by the Justice and Human Rights Committee of Parliament will ensue.

Again, thank you for taking the time to write and share your concerns with me. I will be sure to keep you updated on the recommendations of the committee and any other developments on this issue.

Yours Sincerely,

David Sweet, M.P.

Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

Please sent a note of support to Mr. Sweet for taking an interest in the disreputable conduct of the Canadian Human Rights Commission and speaking out on this issue.

Constituency Office: info@davidsweet.ca

Parliamentary Office: ottawa@davidsweet.ca

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Repeal Section 13 of the Canadian Human Right Act

http://www.stopsection13.com/repeal_sec13.html

Liberal MP Keith Martin [Introduced bill to repeal Sec. 13 in the house. Bill M-446]

Liberal MP Dan McTeague [Video]

Conservative MP James Rajotte

Conservative MP Bruce Stanton

Conservative MP Lee Richardson

Conservative MP Russ Hiebert

Conservative MP Kevin Sorenson

Conservative MP Nina Grewal

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre

Conservative MP Rick Dykstra

Conservative MP John Williams

Conservative MP Rick Casson

Conservative MP John Baird

Conservative MP Helena Guergis

Conservative MP David Sweet

Conservative Party Resolution P-203 to repeal Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act (Conservative Policy Convention - November 2008)