The HRCs and the Red Tories

Things moved along relatively well until Davis, to the chagrin of many in his own cabinet and caucus, tabbed Elgie to rewrite the human rights code, the result of which was a proposal to given human rights officers more power than the police to search for and seize private documents without a warrant and based solely on a complaint, whether frivolous or not. There was so much opposition from Davis’s own party to the June, 1980 proposals, that the premier – typically – decided not to fight an election on his police state bill. But after regaining a huge majority in 1981, Davis pushed the new law through the legislature, a law which has served as the prototype for all the other provinces and has led to the sorry situation where Levant – and Maclean’s magazine writer Mark Steyn – are being forced to defend their opinions simply because there are some readers who were offended by them. It is sickening for Borovoy now to lament this state of affairs. This is the same Borovoy who, during an instructive two-week period in 1981, appeared at both the federal investigation into RCMP wrongdoing in Quebec and the hearings into Elgie’s infamous Bill 7.  (Source)

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