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Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to investigate Section 13 and the out of control Canadian Human Rights Commission

 

 

On February 2, 2009, Conservative MP Brian Storseth introduced a motion before Parliament's Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to investigate the out of control Canadian Human Rights Commission and their censorship mandate under Section 13 of the Human Rights Act.

 

Mr. Storseth's motion reads:

 

Whereas concerns have been raised regarding the investigative techniques of the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the interpretation and application of section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, and whereas the commission operates independently and reports to Parliament, be it resolved that the justice and human rights committee examine and make recommendations with respect to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and in particular, 

 

(a) review the mandate and operations of the commission, 

 

(b) review the commission's application and interpretation of section 13 of the act, 

 

(c) solicit and consider oral submissions from the chief commissioner and oral or written submissions from other interested persons or organizations, and 

 

(d) submit a report, including any proposed amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act, arising out of the results of the committee's inquiry.

 

http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3638016&Langu
age=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=2#Int-2575731

Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights
EVIDENCE (Transcript)
Monday, February 2, 2009

 

 

During today's two hour meeting of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, the issue was only briefly touched upon, by the Conservative Minister of Justice - Rob Nicholson who said that:

 

...with respect to the Canadian Human Rights Act, I am looking forward to the report that will come from your committee. It is my understanding that Mr. Storseth has tabled a motion on that. Of course you will remember that not long ago we had the Moon report, and I look forward to your conclusions with respect to that.

[Video provided by ParlVU - Fast forward to 29 minutes into clip **]

 

This is in stark contrast from Minister Rob Nicholson's support of repealing Section 13 at the Conservative Policy Convention in November 2008.  The resolution that Mr. Nicholson supported was P-203, which read: "The Conservative Party supports legislation to remove authority from the Canadian Human Rights Commission and Tribunal to regulate, receive, investigate or adjudicate complaints related to Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act."   The Conservative Party passed this resolution with 99% of the delegates, and received wild cheers when the vote passed.  [VIDEO: P-203 vote]

 

YOUTUBE VIDEORob Nicholson votes on p203

(Also see: Stephen Taylor Interviewing Rob Nicholson on Sec13)

 

 

The usual boring talking heads appeared on CTV's Power Play later in the evening to enlighten us with their wisdom.   

 

To sum up their positions:

  • Conservatives are walking gently, and not committing either way on the issue.  They just want to review it.   And when Rob Moore was asked, refused to give a clear answer.  

  • Liberals want to keep Section 13,  (Except for courageous Liberals like Dr. Keith Martin, and Dan McTeague)  

  • NDP want to make Section 13 more "up to date"  but absolutely keep the legislation.

 

Power Play : Monday, Feb. 9. : Ujjal dosanjh, Liberal MP, Rob Moore, parl. sec to justice minister and Joe Comartin, NDP justice critic

It has been part of the Canadian political landscape for over three decades, but it has not been without controversy ever since it appeared. A justice committee has now ordered a policy review of the mandate of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, which will include a review about hate messages.

 

[WATCH HERE]

 

 

 

 

Parliament Webcast

Meeting No. 2 JUST - Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Monday, Feb 9, 2009

03:31 PM - 05:24 PM

[Watch HERE]

 

 

Also see:

** Transcript provided by Marc Lemire - check against original

 

 

 

Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights (JUST)


MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Monday, February 2, 2009



Brian Storseth gave notice of the following motion: Whereas concerns have 
been raised regarding the investigative techniques of the Canadian Human 
Rights Commission (the "Commission") and the interpretation and application 
of section 13 of the Canada Human Rights Act (the "Act"); and

Whereas the Commission operates independently and reports to Parliament;

Be it resolved that the Justice and Human Rights Committee examine and make 
recommendations with respect to the Canadian Human Rights Commission and in 
particular: a) review the mandate and operations of the Commission; b) review 
the Commission's application and interpretation of section 13 of the Act; c) 
Solicit and consider oral submissions from the Chief Commissioner and oral or 
written submissions from other interested persons or organizations; d) Submit 
a report, including any proposed amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act 
arising out of the results of the Committee’s inquiry.

 

 


Marc Lemire's notes on the Standing Committee - Feb 9, 2009

 

 

Meeting No. 2 JUST - Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights
February 9, 2009 3:30pm to 5:30pm


Committee questioning Hon. Rob Nicholson - Minister of Justice


3:58pm: Question from Real Menard (Bloq) about CHRA - will the government 
table any legislation on CHRA or Section 13


4:00PM: ANSWER: ...with respect to the Canadian Human Rights Act, I am looking forward to the report that will come from your committee. It is my understanding that Mr. Storseth has made a tabled a motion on that. Of course you will remember that not long ago we had the Moon report, and I look forward to your conclusions with respect to that

MENARD: wants to add social conditions (social status) to CHRA as a means of 
discrimination

4:02pm: ANSWER by Nicholson: welcomes any studies or reports or recommendations on this.


5:01PM: END OF QUESTIONING OF NICHOLSON. 


** MOTIONS BY MEMBERS **



Brian Storseth's motion on CHRA
5:13PM: MENARD: Put Menards Motion (about adding "Social condition" to human rights legislation) and the motion to review Section 13 by Storseths -- together and reintroduce at a later time

5:14pm: STORSETH: Agree to discuss it with Menard and bring it up at a later meeting

 

 

 


 

The Fight for Freedom Continues  

 Fighting the fanatics at the Canadian "Human Rights" Commission and defending freedom of speech for ALL Canadians is not an easy task. In particular, the final submissions which we've just finished consumed the most time and resources. This has meant sacrificing a lot of cherished things in my life that I used to take for granted such as spending precious time with my children. It's also very costly and has incurred heavy debts given that I'm facing a "Human Rights" juggernaut that has a limitless budget. It has already spent millions and is prepared to spent a lot more of your tax dollars to keep their thought control machine running.  

 My courageous lawyer Barbara Kulaszka and myself have demonstrated what two dedicated researchers can accomplish against overwhelming odds. We have single-handedly and doggedly fought the System and exposed the corrupt underbelly of the "Human Rights" Commission's fanatics. Nothing ever comes easy when you are fighting such a racket. This case is a seminal one, where the outcome will have serious implications on our right to think and speak freely in this country for generations to come. All Canadians will benefit if we manage to get this shameful law expunged from our legal books.

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 It’s time to end the censorship of the extremist Canadian Human Rights Commission!

 

 

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Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.

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