"The legislation...gives them permission to disregard the usual rules of legal procedures meant to protect defendants' rights such as rules of evidence, presumption of innocence, bias of witnesses or representation. Its officers and adjudicators do not have to have legal training but are political appointees, commonly representatives of special interest groups."Disregarding rules of evidence???
Disregarding presumption of innocence????
Disregarding bias of witnesses?????
Do you mean to tell me that this ignominious bilge has been the law in Canada since the 1970s! And Canadians are just now becoming alarmed about it?????
The above contains some background.
The Commissions became a bigger deal with the expansion of the internet. No one much cared when it was just KKK types being prosecuted. That was a mistake. These Commisions would never stop there as is evident now.
Canadian Libel law itself is also in need of reform.
"..Under the current legal regime, you can be sued for anything you say about another person that damages their reputation. If sued, the onus is on you to prove the truth of your statements; the fact that you genuinely believed them to be true is not good enough. Even truth is not an absolute defence --- if the court finds you told the truth but your intent was malicious, you might lose anyway. Canadian libel law is so draconian that people come from all over the world to file libel suits in Ontario..."
It is that bad.