The announcement a few days ago by Ontario PC party leadership hopeful, Tim Hudak, that he “vows to scrap [Ontario’s] human rights tribunal” was welcome indeed. We are finally beginning to see politicians take up this cause—MPP Randy Hillier, another leadership hopeful did so earlier—and add their weight to the struggle for free speech by citizens like Ezra Levant.
This from Mr. Hudak’s Web site:
Tim proposes that the Tribunal be scrapped in favour of a court-based system operating under the rules of evidence. Complaints would go to specially trained judges, similar to the existing Domestic Violence and Family Law Courts. These judges would have a mandate to hear real cases of discrimination or harassment – not politically-motivated cases of hurt feelings.”
Ezra Levant writes in his blog that he’s pleased with the Hudak announcement, but states that it covers only “half the problem.” Mr. Levant writes:
But merely replacing the HRCs [human rights commissions] corrupt system with a fairer court system is not the whole solution. I would have been no happier had a real judge heard the censorship case against me. It's the censorship that matters, too—the counterfeit “right not to be offended”. I don't want a real judge applying that fake right. I don’t want anybody presiding over such a sham. So it’s not just the process that’s broken, it’s the substance, too.”
I’ll be happy with only half a solution if we can get. We have got to start somewhere in this struggle against insane laws and basic injustice. And I share Mr. Levant’s hope that Christine Elliot and Frank Klees, the other two candidates for the Ontario Tory leadership, come out with HRC reform platforms themselves, making it unanimous.