Ottawa, June 17, 2008) – The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has launched a comprehensive policy review of how best to address hate messages on the Internet. Leading constitutional law expert Professor Richard Moon of the University of Windsor will conduct an independent study as an important part of this review.Speaking today to the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA), CHRC Chief Commissioner Jennifer Lynch, Q.C. said, “The current debate on how to balance freedom of expression with the need to protect Canadians from hate messages in the Internet age is an important one. We are confident that this review will provide insight into the issues and move the discourse one step further.”….(Source)
The CHRC’s lead investigator, Dean Steacy, believes that freedom of speech is an American concept and places no value in it. It’s going to be interesting to see how the CHRC is going to reprogram its employees to understand what free speech is about. I’m not sure where they are going to find “balance” since they have no foundation or hermeneutic to draw upon. For a purely secular state, free speech is either completely free or it’s not. It’s as simple as that. There’s no “balancing” to take place.
The irony in this whole fiasco is certainly apparent to everyone. The CHRC and its bastard children at the provincial levels exist, in part, to prevent and punish “hate crimes”. Section 13 of the CHRA tells Canadians that their speech is subject CHRC review and is therefore not free. There might very well be a price attached to it. Yet, far from stamping out “hatred”, the HRC Star Chambers have only fueled resentment, contempt, and authentic hatred towards not only their tactics and even their very existence, but also towards the Islamicists and the “Official Jews” who head the “Official Jewish Organizations”. Did anyone even know about Bernie Farber or Khurrum Awan before the attacks against Maclean’s Magazine and The Western Standard started? And since then, has the climate in Canada been more respectful or more suspicious of the powerful minority interests they represent? Whatever side we fall on in the debate over free speech, one would be hard pressed to argue that the HRCs, their outrageous tactics, and their dismissive comments have not done more to fan the flames of contempt and hatred than thousands of obscure and wacky hate websites could ever do.
On balance, the CHRC has done more to foment hatred in Canada than the sum total off all hate crimes ever committed on this soil. That’s quite an accomplishment and indictment at the same time. It shows, once again, that government has no business regulating that which is an inherent right of a free people.
The CHRC should get the hell out of speech control and stop trying to salvage their already battered reputation by calling on an academic to uphold their farcical mandate. Anything less than a total repudiation of Section 13 will not satisfy anyone. They should stop wasting any more of our money to tell us something we will not accept anyway. Or, if by some miracle Mr. Moon gets it right, we certainly don’t need an ivory tower academic to tell us we have the right to speak our minds. Only a presumptuous clique like the CHRC would think an academic’s opinion on this issue would make any difference.