Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bad day for the CHRC

Those poor folks at the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). Their kingdom is gradually collapsing around them. Do I feel sorry for them? Not a chance! :)

Some time ago, when the CHRC was besieged with criticism from all sides, it commissioned a review by University of Windsor law professor Richard Moon.

Professor Moon just released his review. Here is the juiciest portion of the report:

"The principal recommendation of this report is that Section 13 [of the
Canadian Human Rights Act] be repealed so that censorship of Internet hate
speech is dealt with exclusively by the criminal law."

"The use of censorship by the government should be confined to a narrow category of extreme expression -- that which threatens, advocates or justifies violence against the members of an identifiable group."

This is a tremendous victory. Professor Moon is essentially saying that the CHRC has no business censoring public debate and acting like a free-speec police in a totalitarian country.

Significantly, both of Canada's national newspapers published articles on their cover page about this review. This means that the mainstream media has not forgotten about the abuses of the CHRC, even though the organization has been keeping a low profile lately.

Is anybody in Harper's government paying attention? This is a no-brainer with little political cost.

Read more:

National Post: Ottawa urged to scrap hate speech law

Globe and Mail: Let police investigate hate speech, report says

SoCon or Bust: Victory for the blogosphere against the CHRC