…and they said I couldn’t paint dogs!
…and they said I couldn’t paint dogs!
A little while ago, I wrote to my MP (Member of Parliament) with some questions and concerns regarding the CHRC (Canadian Human Rights Commission).
This afternoon, I received this reply from my MP:
Thank you for taking the time to write to me with your question. I looked into it for you, and have this information from the Ministry of Justice:
· The Canadian Human Rights Commission and Tribunal are independent agencies that administer the Canadian Human Rights Act without interference from the Government.
· The Member of Parliament from Westlock-St. Paul (Brian Storseth) brought forth a motion this Parliament asking the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to study the Commission’s mandate, operations, and its application and interpretation of section 13.
· The Committee adopted this motion. I look forward to the committee’s study of these issues, as well as the study of Professor Moon’s report.
With respect to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision, Warman v. Lemire, we cannot comment as the matter is before the court.
Warman v. Lemire:
At issue is whether the hate messages prohibition in s.13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act is inconsistent with freedom of expression and other Charter rights, and whether the 1990 judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada in Taylor , which held that s.13 is constitutionally valid, should
be reconsidered as a result of the evolution of the Internet and legislative amendments.
On September 2, 2009 the Human Rights Tribunal ruled s. 13 unjustifiably infringed on the Charter, which guarantees the freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression.
Pierre Poilievre, M.P. Nepean-Carleton
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Yesterday, Ms. Lynch (Chief Commissioner of our Canadian – federal – Human Rights Commission) had testified in front of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights (or something like that – I confuse easily…). Our valiant defender of the right to not be annoyed – at the expense of the freedom of expression – was at her most patronizing!
Everyone’s favourite WebElf, Binks, has put the video on his site: enjoy! And, he has some fun linkies tossed in, for good measure!
Actually, Ezra Levant has a whole set of posts, as he was blogging it live! (As were many other fine people – thanks to all of them!) And, of course, I could not help myself: while commenting at Mr. Levant’s site, I made a comment that can hardly be understood unless one knows some of my views on ‘things’….
Here is my comment:
OK – one more tiny little question…
If there were a job opening coming up for the head of the CHRC (as I suspect after today’s testimony, there just might be): how would one go about applying for the job?
My husband says I’d be good at it! (‘Change’ is still the ‘good’ mantra, right?)
The key here being ‘change’…. because, I do have a ‘slightly’ different idea of where the ‘balance of rights’ lies….
I do not have a passport, because as much as I am a Canadian patriot, I do not recognize the government’s jurisdiction over me on this issue. I am not the slave (chattal) of my government, for them to issue me some ‘papers’ which permit or deny me the right to travel, inside or outside of my country!
Sorry, that is just too much of a government encroachment upon me and my person!
Nor do I believe that a government has the jurisdiction to tax people against their will. A government only exists at the sufferance of the populace: its role is to provide external defense and to uphold internal laws. Citizens ought to be free to contribute to the upkeep of the government at their will – the government does not have the moral (and ought not have the legal) right to extort taxes from its citizens by coercion or force.
Do you think people would then not pay their taxes? I think we would. When is the last time you received an awesome service in a restaurant, and did not leave a tip? I have certainly never skimped….provided the service was acceptable and I am known to ‘overtip’ if the service is excellent! The same should go for taxes.
Because, if a government has the power to set the tax rate AND to FORCE the citizens to pay the taxes it sets, regardless of democracy or anything else, we will see irresponsible government spending, waste in the civil service, corruption… We all know the story!
Thus – in my never-humble-opinion – it is a gross violation of human rights and freedoms for a government to exact taxes by force of law, to collect personal information about its citizens, to issue ‘travel permits’, and so on. And, if I were the Chief Commissar of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, my first target would be the overbloated, over-reaching, oppressive government which is smothering us, our rights, denying us our freedoms!
THAT is the ‘change’ I was referring to in my comment….
Though, my husband thinks I’d be very effective at it!
Before I started my blog, I joined a debating site (ConvinceMe) to improve my skills in presenting my point of view.
OK – so I never learned how not to be long-winded…but, I did meet some interesting people there, of all backgrounds, viewpoints and ages. One of them was a kind teen who went by the name of LoneWolf. As the years went by, I have watched LoneWolf grow from a promising, idealistic teenager into a fine, responsible man.
People like LoneWolf give me hope for our future! Recently, LoneWolf has been in touch with me through another channel. With his permission, here is a message he sent me (I inserted the links for clarity):
About the free speech arguements, great!! I have been leading a small, yet pretty effective underground within my community. Basically, anybody who feels the way America is forming is BAD for America has joined. Once I get proper funding, I’m hoping to make it into an interest group which can effectively lobby at congress and get RID of the corruption which plagues my fine country.
One of the things thats been on my mind as of late is the controversy of Obama bringing the fairness doctrine back into effect.( I don’t know if ever was in effect?) Anyway, me and a few friends got together in front of our city hall building and gave a few speeches, about the freedom of speecha nd what our founding father’s reallt intended for this country.
It amazes me that people feel that the best way to be safe is give more power to the government. Agh! I’m called a Christian Neo-Conservative because of both my religious beliefs and my political beliefs, but I’m really not. I’m actually a 18 year old male who really wants life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Call me a freedom fighter but without the violence some bring with the title. America’s first amendment does give us the right to assemble but peacefully.
Which reminds me! Did you hear about the college in Pittsburg that had a protest in which they vandalized shops to get the point across that our government was being unfair and should put caps on how much a person can make?! I was amazed at this. Sadly, I feel America is falling more and more down socialist avenue, and our new Captain, Barrack Obama, is the most ideal candidate to bring that sort of change to the fray.
When it comes to my studies, I’m at a crossroads with what to do. My biggets calling is the seminary. I love to preach and try to make the Word clear and understandable. However, I love law. I love understanding and practicing law. I would love to be a lawyer or even a judge. Then the final branch of the crossroads is I love politics. I really believe the current state of our government is full of old familiar corrupt faces that really need to get out of office. (I do in fact believe in term limits of senators and representatives). However I believe its time to put Sara Palin’s words last election campaign into action when it’s time to clear out the government corruption that has been stagnating within the government.
Anyway, I rant too much when I’m in the mood of a political discusion, but I really must be doing work so I’ll talk to you later.
Take care Xanni!
Lonewolf, or Will…(this really isn’t convinceme lol)
OK – I cannot help myself but to feel proud…even though I know the accomplishment is not mine, but LoneWolf’s. Reflected glory, and all that…
Now that I found out that LoneWolf – I mean, Will – has started a blog of his own, I am glad to share it with you. The opinions in it are honest, heart-felt, and well thought out – and not even a little bit cynical.
A breath of fresh air!
Without further ado, I give you ‘People For A Free America’!