Reading Ezra’s blog accounts of today’s proceedings at the BC Human Rights Circus, I think Macleans made a mistake actually hiring real lawyers for this thing. It was like both sides were talking different languages. The true, north, strong and free side was drawing on our current legal system parlance with objective standards and rules of evidence and “truth” (how quaint) to debate the points as they were brought up. The “tribunal judges” and the grievance industry lawyers were using the language of tears and fears to make their rulings and score their points.
It’s almost bizarre, if you think about it. It’s like putting Canadian lawyers who are used to working in Canadian courts into a Tribunal whose Star Chamber type operations have much more in common with King Faad’s Court than they do with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth.
And so there are two nations at play here at the BitCHRT:
The Dominion of Canada vs. Canuckistan.
You can think of this tribunal as the transitionary phase from an advanced Parliamentary Commonwealth Democracy to a cross between Judge Wapner and the Sharia Courts of Saudi Arabia.
Any fool can see this is going to end very badly for Macleans. The end result will be the same, so why waste all the dough on six high-priced lawyers? What did today cost Macleans? $500 bucks/hour * 8 hours * 6 lawyers plus expenses. That’s a cool $30K – at least. And that’s just today’s costs.
That’s why they should pull their lawyers now and send in a comedian for some relief – although one could successfully argue that the proceedings were already a joke, I suppose. But at least we’ll all get some bona fide laughs out of it. Better yet, why not just fold up the tent and let Ezra have a go since he’s already there? If we’re gonna lose, let’s play it smart on this round and suck all the political juices out of it for what it’s worth.
If there’s no rules in the kitchen, if they’re the one’s making the soup as they go along, we cannot win in this soup kitchen. They’re all soup naziis.
No soup for you! …and freedom of thought, expression, and the press either!