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CHRC Chief Persecutor – Giacomo Vigna loses his "mental serenity!"





“I don't have the flu but I don't feel in a serene state of mind


“I am not dying, Mr. Chair, I don't have the flu, but I am not mentally capable of proceeding”


“I really don't feel primarily mentally able to proceed”

Picture from Giacomo Vigna’s own website: http://www.giacomovigna.ca



Friday May 11, 2007

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal – Ottawa , Ontario

MR. VIGNA: Sorry. Mr. Chair, I don't have the flu but I don't feel in a serene state of mind to proceed with the file today. I don't feel very well. I feel dizzy, I feel anxiety, and I am not in a serene state of mind to proceed with this file today.


I have a lot of things worrying me right now and I don't want to elaborate, but my colleague said, Mr. Fine, there are some certain incidents that have occurred which I don't feel at liberty to elaborate right now, which have had an impact on my ability to proceed in a professional way on this file, at least for today, because I wouldn't be rendering the Commission a just service by proceeding in this condition.


I am not dying, Mr. Chair, I don't have the flu, but I am not mentally capable of proceeding under these circumstances.


THE CHAIRPERSON: But the witness is here?


MR. VIGNA: The witness is here. It's not the question of the witness. The witness is here. I thought until this morning that I would proceed, but I really don't feel primarily mentally able to proceed, and physically too.



MR. CHRISTIE: I have heard two explanations which are as frivolous as any I have ever heard in justifying an adjournment of a whole proceeding… To say I am not feeling well, but sit here and talk about it, is inconsistent. There is no medical certificate, and I heard very faintly Mr. Vigna say I'm not physically sick, I don't have a serene state of mind. Very few of us in the difficulties we face always have a serene state of mind. I don't know what that means.


This is not a case of a nervous breakdown or a mental state justifying a psychiatric examination.


… it’s not entirely clear what the cause of Mr. Vigna's mental state is … if Mr. Vigna is providing a medical certificate … If there is a serious long-term mental problem that isn't related to this serious issue, I think it's appropriate that we should know about it.


MR. VIGNA: Mr. Chair, I will provide a medical certificate.

THE CHAIRPERSON: Please sit down, Mr. Vigna.

MR. VIGNA: I feel insulted by that comment.

THE CHAIRPERSON: Please sit down.








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