Mark Steyn got in his tank and rolled over the CHRC yesterday. You can read his column here. Here’s how he starts out….
Last week’s letters page included a missive from Jennifer Lynch, Q.C., chief commissioner of the Canadian “Human Rights” Commission, defending her employees from the accusation of “improper investigative techniques” by yours truly. Steyn, she writes, “provides no substantiation for these claims,” and then concludes:
“Why is this all important? Because words are important. Steyn would have us believe that words, however hateful, should be given free rein. History has shown us that hateful words sometimes lead to hurtful actions that undermine freedom and have led to unspeakable crimes. That is why Canada and most other democracies have enacted legislation to place reasonable limits on the expression of hatred.”
Hmm. “History has shown us that hateful words sometimes lead to hurtful actions that undermine freedom and have led to unspeakable crimes.” Commissar Lynch provides, as she would say, “no substantiation for these claims.” But then she’s a “hate speech” prosecutor and, as we know, Canada’s “human rights” procedures aren’t subject to tiresome requirements like evidence. So she’s made an argument from authority: the great Queen’s Counsel has risen from her throne in the Star Chamber and pronounced, and let that suffice. Those of us who occupy less exalted positions in the realm might wish to ponder the evidence for her assertions.
It’s true that “hurtful actions that undermine freedom” and lead to “unspeakable crimes” usually have some fig leaf of intellectual justification. For example, the ideology first articulated by Karl Marx has led to the deaths of millions of people around the planet on an unprecedented scale. Yet oddly enough, no matter how many folks are murdered in the name of Marxism-Leninism, you’re still free to propound its principles at every college in Canada. …
Everytime the HRC functionaries offer their baseless and rather comical opinions on why free speech should be shut up, they further damage their quickly eroding credibility. Jennifer Lynch went after Mark Steyn. Jennifer Lynch made a mistake.
Jennifer Lynch was also appointed by Stephen Harper.
Jennifer Lynch, Q.C. was appointed Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission in March 2007, at which time she also assumed, on behalf of Canada, the Chair of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of National Human Rights Institutions, a United Nations-supported body. Ms. Lynch brings to the Commission an outstanding combination of skills and experience gained over 30 years in law, human rights, organizational conflict competence and corporate governance. Ms. Lynch has served as chief executive officer in both the private and public sectors: leading the international consultancy PDG People Development Global Inc. from 1998 until her appointment as Chief Commissioner; and a federal agency, the RCMP External Review Committee (1992-1998). Ms. Lynch gained her expertise in human rights through quasi-judicial service determining grievance and discipline appeals within the Canadian policing community (1985-1998). She was also a pioneer in women’s rights, at her Ottawa law firm Lynch and Associates and later as a partner of the national law firm, Lang Michener. Ms. Lynch is world renowned for developing the field of organizational conflict competence through the implementation of Integrated Conflict Management Systems (ICMS). The Lynch ICMS Model is the foundation for many of the world’s most advanced ICMS, including the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration, the World Bank, and several Canadian federal departments and agencies. Ms. Lynch is also a respected Alternative Dispute Resolution practitioner, with particular expertise in mediation and the facilitation of complex group processes. Ms. Lynch is an active contributor to the Ottawa community, and is currently an Executive Member of the Board of Governors at the University of Ottawa and chair of two University Pension Plan Committees. Ms. Lynch has been awarded many honours including Queen’s Counsel, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and the Ottawa Business Women’s Achievement Award. A graduate of Queen’s University and Osgoode Hall, Ms. Lynch was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1977. (Source)