Mar 262012
 

Way back in 2007, Vancouver journalist Terry O’Neill, former editor of the Western Report magazine—and, until his success in municipal politics, a co-host at RoadKill Radio—wrote an Op-Ed for the National Post that called for ‘human rights’ legislation to be drastically altered, to prevent such tribunals from behaving like ‘Star Chamber’ inquisitions and trampling on Canadians’ rights of free speech, freedom of opinion and expression, and freedom of religion.

We urgently need masses of Canadians to endorse Mr. O’Neill’s call for protection of our rights. NOW! How? Write or phone your MP!

In 1857, American anti-slavery activist Frederick Douglass warned:

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

But wait. Aren’t words like “tyrants” and “oppression” a bit too strong for a constitutional democracy like Canada?

As Jonah Goldberg points out in his book Liberal Fascism, it has long been understood that when fascism inevitably comes to the democracies of the West, it will come as a smiley-faced, “nice” fascism, full of good intentions.

So who will bell the cat? Who will make the HRCs and judges keep to their proper spheres? It must be the people; and to do it, we must start electing MPs who are willing to endure the media’s scorn to defend the freedoms for which earlier generations were willing to risk their very lives

So how do you take up arms and become a freedom fighter? It’s not hard: you write to your MP—or better, visit him or her at the constituency office you pay for—and tell them that this is a “make-or-break” issue for you, when the next election rolls around—say that it will definitely determine how your vote. Then, when the next election is called, be as good as your word: ask each candidate to commit to your personal list of “wedge” issues: right to life, defending normal marriage, protecting freedom of expression. And if you can’t find a candidate who is willing to commit to defending your freedom, spoil your ballot.

Feb 152011
 

Mr. Arni C. Thorsteinson, Chairperson, Board of Trustees,
Canadian Museum of Human Rights
Suite 500-269 Main St.
Winnipeg, MB
R3C 1B2,
Canada

Feb. 7, 2011
Dear Mr. Thorsteinson:

Last year, I attended the Vancouver public information forum of the Canadian Human Rights Museum, where I received a DVD and documents which invited conference participants to submit ideas for possible inclusion in the Museum.

I want to suggest inclusion of an important dimension that, to the best of the information I have read, has not yet been discussed: the plight of Canadians who have been pilloried and persecuted by Canada’s Human Rights Tribunals. The stories of two—Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn—gained some media attention, primarily because the targets of those cases were media personalities. But there are many more. (I have included a list below.)

[To read the full Commentary, please click here.]