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October 18, 2007

 

 

 

Despite Parliamentary Ban, CAFE Press Conference Will Go Ahead, Friday, Oct. 19

       

 

 

  Amid a swirling controversy, Alexan Kulbashian and Paul Fromm, Director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression intend to hold a press conference to expose serious abuses by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

 

Directed by Jason Kenny, Multiculturalism Minister in the increasingly authoritarian Harper government, the House of Commons unanimously passed an order yesterday banning Mr. Fromm and Kulbashian from the premises of the House of Commons, They had booked a half hour press conference for 1:30 to criticize the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s assault on free speech on the Internet.

 

“We pay taxes too,” said Mr. Fromm, who has represented many of the victims of the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s attack on dissent on the Internet. “Kenny and the thoughtless MPs who voted to ban us are merely public stewards. It’s our Parliament as well.”

 

“What fools they make of us, when they rightly lecture despotic regimes like Burma or Red China for their human rights abuses, yet seek to prevent us from holding a mere press conference to criticize government misdeed,” Fromm observed.

 

The Canadian Association for Free Expression has steadfastly opposed government censorship of the Internet and the activities of Richard Warman, a one-time CHRC investigator, who has filed well over 25 complaints against right-of-centre Internet sites and dissidents.

 

CAFÉ charges that:

 

·        The CHRC is ideologically motivated and only attacking Canadians who are right-of-centre, usually young and almost always poor – too poor to afford legal counsel;

 

·        In stark contrast to established Anglo-Saxon legal precedents, truth is no defence in Canadian Human Rights cases;

 

·        The CHRC has spied on Internet dissidents and made use of agitators and agents provocateurs in an effort to compromise Canadians using the Internet;

 

·        The CHRC has forged secret relations with police departments to raid dissidents and obtain evidence the Commission could not legally obtain, in effect, creating a secret and unaccountable political thought police in Canada

 

·        The Act is supposed to be “remedial”, but with life-long “cease and desist orders” and brutal fines, the Internet censorship provisions are punitive

 

·        The Act envisions mediation and compromise to settle most complaints. While 88% of non-Internet complaints are settled without going to a Tribunal, over 70% of Internet cases go the costly distance  to Tribunal – even when any complained of material was removed.

 

·        Tribunal “members” or judges are chosen for their bias in favour of group rights (minority feelings) rather than individual rights (freedom of expression). Not surprisingly no one – yes , no one – in 38 years has ever been acquitted in a CHRC Sec. 13.1 or free speech case.

 

 

Who the CHRC attacks?

Active and Past cases: 43

Cases the tribunal ruled on: 29 

 

* 0% of respondents have ever won a section 13 case before the tribunal.

* 100% of cases have Whites as respondents 

* 98% of cases have poor or working class respondents 

* 90.7% of respondents are not represented by lawyers

* So far, $80,500 has been awarded in fines and special compensation since May 9, 2003 .

* Since the 1970’s 48.8% of all cases are by Richard Warman

 

 

 

The Canadian Association for Free Expression was founded in 1981 and is one of Canada’s leading defenders of freedom of speech and expression Paul Fromm can be reached by telephone at: 905-274-3868

 

http://www.canadianfreespeech.com

 

 


 

 

 

Commons ban on right-wing extremists raises freedom of speech questions

OTTAWA - A vote by MPs to bar two right-wing extremists from holding a news conference in a Parliament Hill press theatre has raised concerns about freedom of speech.

Wayne Sumner, a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto , said the decision smacks of prior restraint - of banning people for what they might say.

"If people utter hate messages in public then that's a criminal offence and they can rightly be charged under the Criminal Code with that offence," he said.

"But you've got to wait for them to do it first. You don't pre-empt them by saying, 'Well we think you might do something like that, we've got to stop you in advance."'

MPs unanimously approved the ban with this motion:

"That this House order that Alexan Kulbashian and Paul Fromm be denied admittance to the precincts of the House of Commons during the present session to preserve the dignity and integrity of the House."

Ernst Zundel, the notorious Holocaust denier, is the only other person to be similarly banned. The Commons passed a motion against him in 1998.

Fromm and Kulbashian had been scheduled to speak to reporters Thursday in the Charles Lynch Press Theatre in the Centre Block. They wanted to outline their complaints about what they see as the excessive powers of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

They claim human rights legislation is being used to stifle political dissent.

Fromm and Kulbashian have been the subject of commission investigations. They are also associated with a long list of far-right groups.

A human rights tribunal last year fined Kulbashian over a racist website.

"Black persons and people of the Jewish faith are particularly laid open to ridicule, ill feelings or hostility, creating the right conditions for hatred or contempt against them to flourish," the ruling said.

Fromm, a teacher, was fired from his Toronto-area classroom over his views.

He is a former member of the Western Guard and a self-styled director of other right-wing groups, including the Canada First Immigration Reform Committee and the Canadian Association for Free Expression.

Normally, the press theatre is open to any group wanting to speak to reporters on a topic linked to the federal government.

Richard Brennan, a reporter for The Toronto Star and president of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, was disappointed by the motion.

He said free speech is a given for journalists.

"That's what we're all about, that's what our job is, that's what the whole parliamentary process is about."

He said people have a right to criticize the rights commission.

"We aren't arbiters of what people can say and what they can't say."

Jason Kenney, the secretary of state for multiculturalism who moved the motion, said the two can find another venue.

"If they want to get a soapbox and go out in front of the Parliament Buildings in this free country, they're welcome to do so, but this House isn't going to let them use public, taxpayer-funded resources," he said.

Sumner, author of a 2004 book entitled The Hateful and the Obscene: Studies in the Limits of Free Expression, didn't buy that argument.

"These guys pay taxes too, don't they? If it's public space in that respect, then you would think it should be open to any point of view, however repugnant that point of view might be."

 


http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/10/18/parliament-ban.html





MPs unite to ban 2 speakers from Parliament Buildings


Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2007 | 8:23 AM ET
CBC News


MPs from all parties have teamed up to ban two controversial speakers from holding a news conference in the Parliament Buildings on Friday.

Paul Fromm and Alexan Kulbashian, who are often criticized by human rights advocates, had booked the parliamentary media centre to discuss their grievances about the Canadian Human Rights Commission, a federal body that investigates allegations of discrimination.

The commission's human rights tribunal fined Kulbashian in March 2006 for posting hate messages about blacks, Jews, Muslims and other minorities on the internet.

Fromm has come under fire for supporting people accused of racism.

MPs passed a motion Wednesday night to prevent the two men from entering the Parliament Buildings.

Conservative MP Jason Kenney said the move does not hinder the men's freedom of expression.

"If they want to get a soapbox and go out in front of the Parliament Buildings in this free country, they're welcome to do so, but this House isn't going to let them use public, taxpayer-funded resources."

NDP MP Joe Comartin said MPs did the same thing when Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel wanted to speak in Parliament in 1998.

"While we recognize the broad scope of free speech in this country, you're not allowed to libel and slander anyone, you're not allowed to use hate literature."

Fromm learned of the motion banning him and Kulbashian from Parliament when contacted by CBC News Wednesday night.

"We operate on the basis of a system where you're presumed innocent until you're proven guilty," he said. "The press conference hasn't even occurred yet. Nothing has been said.

"All it is is an opportunity for an interested party to have access to the press, if they're interested in coming. To prevent that, to my way of thinking, is horrific."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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