This is bad news for Mark Steyn. He wanted to be found guilty and have a chance to carry this to a real court.
“The only question remaining is whether Heather MacNaughton, chief kangaroo of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, will convict Maclean’s. The “jurisprudence” is there; Maclean’s surely is “guilty” of “likely” “exposing” someone to “hatred or contempt”. Everyone’s guilty of that; so the only question is who gets charged.
Will MacNaughton save her skin — and preserve her tax-funded sinecure, like the CHRC is trying to do? Or will she continue her Stalinist approach to speech? Tough call; her decision in the comedy case shows she’s as nutty as a Snickers Bar.”
Good for MacLean’s. Couldn’t help noticing that Heather’s last name is very close to the name associated with the case that established the insanity plea: M’Naghten, I believe. Guy was a Steinbeck Lennie-type victim who didn’t even realize he had killed the person. M’Naghten established the rule that insanity was a defense for persons who had such a mental illness that they could not possibly understand what they had done. (Of course the insanity plea has been way stretched since then.) Seems perhaps insanity runs in the family?
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Considering all of the references to Stalin, I can only hope that these ‘Human Rights Tribunals’ end up the same way that Leon Trotsky did. :)
Not to worry. Mark is now free to rip the totalitarian leftists to shreds daily.
I sincerely hate to say this, but its past time Canada be put on a human rights watch list. The relationship between the USA and Canada, Canadian’s self righteousness under the protection of an American nuclear umbrella in the old days to the contrary notwithstanding, has been to say the least close. geography and blood made that inevitable. Where I’m from the border was always more or less theoretical until 9/11. One wonders, however, how much longer we will insist on doing business with a country whose view of free speech is Stalinist at best.
As I recall, Steyn challenged them to find him guilty, hoping for a chance to take this nutty commission to a proper court to test the issue.
Dropping the matter is probably a way of saving the commission.
Free Speach, you eirther have it or you don’t there are no grey areas. As a God given right you can say anything at any6 time at any place, no law can stop you. However you can also be attacked for that speach by all sorts of means. A comedian just passed away who became famous for talking about 7 words banished from broadcst on the airwaves. Now the list of words and subjects has grown much larger and extended to just plain speach. The really funny thing is that the 7 words are now accepted.