The StarPhoenix website reports that the Saskatchewan Party government will introduce legislation that will dissolve the Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal in favour of having a court hear the complaints brought by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.
“Really, what’s happening in human rights cases is you’re defining what it means to be Canadian and I think the courts are better placed now to do this.”
– Judge David Arnot,
Apparently, the change comes at the suggestion of Judge David Arnot, chief commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, the body that receives human rights complaints and refers some to the above mentioned tribunal for a hearing. In its throne speech, the Saskatchewan Party government signaled its intent to make such changes.
Arnot reportedly said in an interview that the commission believes the courts, which have permanent infrastructure and judges, are the right place for human rights to be adjudicated.
Let’s hope this is the beginning of the end for these un-democratic, free-speech deniers which have overreached in their campaign to enforce political correctness and abuse our individual rights to freedom of expression.
Readers may remember that in the late summer of 2009, a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s member, Athanasios Hadjis, ruled that Section 13 of the federal human rights hate speech law violates our Charter-right to freedom of expression.
I remind readers also that Richard Moon, a law professor hired in 2008 by the Canadian Human Rights Commission to provide an expert analysis of their online hate speech mandate, advised that Section 13 should be repealed so that online hate speech is a purely criminal matter.
Futhermore, I remind readers that under Section 13.1 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, intent is not a requirement, and truth is not a defence. All that is required is that a HR tribunal finds that one has expressed “any matter that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt” and that the person be a member of certain groups. In other words, beware of hurting someone’s feelings.
Yes, folks, certain groups have been given rights which supersede a Canadian’s individual right to freedom of expression, which is arguably the most fundamental of all basic human rights.
Over to you, Rob Nicholson, M.P. (Niagara Falls), Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Can we finally count on you to do the right thing?
Seems to me I can remember a Conservative Party of Canada convention when you agreed with the majority attending that something needed to be done about section 13. So far nothing has.
Voters of Niagara Falls riding take note.