“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 Harper (Prime Minister of Canada) BC Report Newsmagazine, January 11, 1999)
That’s what he said back in 1999. But the question of the day is: Does Stephen Harper still have the same opinion of the HRCs?
Under his watch, both the Chief and Deputy Commissioners were appointed. You can read about the bios of these two individuals here. What words comes to mind here? How about “unelected activist lawyers”? Does that work for you? Not exactly a great inspiration for conservatives, is it?
You would think that since these are appointed positions by the government, Harper would place strong conservatives in these positions – conservatives who would keep a tight leash on the Commission and ensure that Canadian’s right to freedom of expression is protected from fascist encroachments.
Since their appointments in 2007, has anything changed? Well, yes, but certainly not for the better. Things have just gotten worse with the attacks on conservatives intensifying to a frenzied pace.
So we have to ask Mr. Harper, just what the hell is he doing, appointing activist commissioners who feel it is their mission in life to correct every wrong with a muzzling jackboot and to ensure that each tear of offense is wiped away, complete with an extorted sum of money siphoned from the alleged perpetrator?
It will come as no surprise, therefore, that the rumours on the Hill are that Harper has tightened his muzzle once again and put the kaibosh on his MPs from addressing the issue of the Supreme Star Chamber. Not sure if these are true, but if you don’t hear anything from our fearless Conservative MPs on this issue, it’s a fair bet that the muzzle has indeed been fastened snuggly.
If he has the authority to appoint these Commissioners, he has the authority to dismiss them. He doesn’t need Parliament for that. So what’s it going to be, Steve? Freedom for all or just the Star Chamber few?