We must never cease to proclaim in fearless tones the great principles of freedom and the rights of man which are the joint inheritance of the English-speaking world and which through Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Habeas Corpus, trial by jury, and the English common law find their most famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.~ Sir Winston Churchill in 1946
There is something fundamentally wrong in Brave New Canada when the judicial process and our whole tradition of constitutional liberty can be effectively circumvented by state-sponsored "human rights" commissions and their rogue tribunals. I call them rogue because they operate as quasi-judicial bodies with all the pretense, power and authority of the state, while remaining outside the rules, norms and procedures of our justice system.
Thankfully, the whole unaccountably rotten and abusive edifice has been brought to the public fore, now that Ezra Levant, publisher of the defunct Western Standard , and the infamous Mark Steyn (along with MacLean's magazine), have been hauled before the Ministry of Truth to answer for their offenses. Ezra Levant (go and watch the interrogation, you won't be disappointed), for publishing those Danish cartoons that make fun of the prophet Mohammad; Mark Steyn, for his numerous jibes against extremist Muslims and the threat posed by Islam on traditional Western values.
And here we thought freedom of the press and freedom of expression were "fundamental freedoms". Apparently not, if they can be questioned by the thought police about their intentions, and "tried" by the state in kangaroo courts masquerading as human rights justice. (Any pseudo court with a 100% kill rate can safely be presumed kangarooish)
And just about anyone in the blogosphere could be next given the hassle free ease with which one can file a complaint, and the zero cost for doing so. The defendent, on the other hand, who gets to face the state and not his accuser, must take costly steps to defend himself and to protect his reputation. So much for our ancient unalienable freedoms.More on Kafka's Canada here: Fighting for freedom by David Warren