Freedom of expression and the “Conservative” government
"The Attorney General of Canada, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Jewish Congress, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and B'nai Brith Canada will be intervening in the Lemire case in support of Section 13, arguing that it is a reasonable restriction on freedom of speech." ( Canadian Constitution Foundation Letter of April 28, 2008 to
Editor's Note: "The Lemire case" mentioned above refers to a constitutional challenge of Sections 13 and 54 of the Canadian Human Rights Act launched by
Freedom of expression is a right guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, yet, “The Attorney General of Canada” along with others is an intervenor in the Lemire case. Free speech is either free or it is not. Are not politically correct words like “reasonable restriction on freedom of speech” weapons used to suppress what people can say? (We already have laws of libel and defamation, so is there any need for “reasonable restrictions?”)
We may not like what people say, but in the words of Voltaire: “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” In
“What a strange place
Which makes one wonder why would a powerful organization like “the Canadian Jewish Congress” not realize that the very “laws” that they “pressed Canadian governments to introduce” could also be used against Jewish people. After all, what’s sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander, as the saying goes.
But not only Jewish people are being dragged before the HRCs. Before they came for the Jews, the HRCs came for Chris Kempling, Scott Brockie, the Knights of Columbus, Stephen Boissoin, Bishop Henry and others. Now Catholic Insight magazine, the Christian Heritage Party and
The role of government
Governments appointed these HRCs, therefore government could disband them. But will they? Witness, the “Attorney General of Canada” is an intervenor in the Lemire case, on the side of the government, i.e., in defence of the HRC’s The Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), in its letter of April 28, 2008, had this to say about its own potential intervenor status in Lemire “ By intervening in support of the application put forward by
A Lifesite news article of February 12, 2008, by John-Henry Westen had this to say about the Conservative government’s stand on Human Rights Commissions. “Internal
The article stated: ‘An internal memo to Conservative
These HRCs have become a weapon to suppress and oppress the people of
Compare this with an earlier statement by Stephen Harper before he was the Prime
“Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society … It is, in fact, totalitarianism. I find this is very scary stuff.” 
Stephen Gray writes from Vancouver, BC.