In this clip, Dean Steacy is explaining why he first registered on Free Dominion. The allegation was made that the CHRC was spying on discussion boards before a registered complaint had been filed. Steacy had stated some time before that investigations would only start after complaints were received. They were, in his words, “complaint-driven”. Later Steacy would clarify that CHRC investigations could begin even before a formal complaint was filed on paper. In other words, somebody phoning the Commission could initiate the Commission spying activity even though a complaint had not yet been formally accepted i.e. through a written formal complaint.
In this clip, you will hear Dean Steacy confess to registering on Free Dominion because there was a “potential for complaint” (you will hear me give a surprise “ooo” to that one :)) just after that confession.
You will also hear Barbara Kulaszek, Lemire’s lawyer, asks Steacy to identify the people who were initiating these “pre-complaints” against FD.
At the 1:51 mark, Steacy shocks the audience by responding: “I REFUSE TO ANSWER“.
After we all picked our jaws up from the floor, including a surprised chairperson who had to repeat Steacy’s answer so that he could believe his own ears, the fallout ensues.