Today, sadly, MPP Christine Elliott gave me a reason to reconsider my support for her quest for the leadership of the Ontario PC party. Unlike her three rivals, MPP Elliott says that a proposal to scrap the Human Rights Tribunal is controversial and could hurt the party in the next provincial election.
She is also quoted as saying, “… there is a need to make some changes, but most people can’t afford to take discrimination cases to court.”
Hogwash! Make the justice system accessible and affordable to all; don’t circumvent it with these judicial travesties. It’s a case of garbage in, garbage out. A garbage system will deliver garbage decisions. And a bit of tinkering here and there just won’t cut it.
I’m disappointed that Ms. Elliott chose to take such a wishy-washy stand on this issue. I much prefer Frank Klees’s more substantive and principled position, as stated, in part, below:
… the abuses must stop. Section 13 needs to be repealed. Giving the Commission the right to investigate the views and opinions of the citizens of Ontario threatens the freedom of expression and is counter to the importance of that right in Canadian society. Freedom of expression is a core value of democracy from which all other rights naturally flow. Without that, our democratic system of government itself is at risk.”
I agree with MPP Randy Hillier and journalist Ezra Levant that the Human Rights Commission and associated Tribunal should be scrapped altogether. But as a consolation, I’ll take Frank Klees’s proposal and Tim Hudak’s proposal to scrap just the Tribunal. As to Ms. Elliott’s position on this issue, I’m underwhelmed.