Gag me with a memo; Free speech is being undermined by ‘human rights.’ Why is Stephen Harper averting his gaze?
The federal Justice Minister’s Irony Detector must be in the shop for a tune-up. How else to explain the memo issued by Rob Nicholson’s office to every Conservative MP last week?
According to Al Siebring at NoApologies.ca, who leaked the confidential memo entitled Talking Points re: CHRA & CHRC, “it basically instructs MPs to keep a very low profile on any discussion surrounding Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.”
I suppose those bloggers who’ve been running netroots “free speech” campaigns since late last year can look at it this way: That “Talking Points” memo shows that the government has indeed been getting all our calls, faxes and e-mails.
Too bad the PMO’s response to citizens’ concerns about the erosion of their free speech rights is to issue a (secret) document, telling our elected representatives to keep quiet or change the subject.