In a rather stunning decision, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that Section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act is an unconstitutional violation of the Charter right to free expression because of its penalty provisions. The decision released this morning by Tribunal chair, Athanasios Hadjis, seems rather like eating one’s young or perhaps like eating oneself.
How many Canadians have been harassed by human rights commissions as they pursued those accused of speech likely to expose identifiable groups to hatred or contempt? Now the chair of the Canadian Human Rights Commission finds the very law under which they operated to be unconstitutional. Funny old world, eh?
I used to call for PM Stephen Harper’s government to disband these out-of-control commissions and tribunals, but perhaps we should just wait until they self-destruct.
I wonder what arch supporters of Sec. 13, Jennifer Lynch and Warren Kinsella, will make of this bizarre development?
You can read more here at the National Post.
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