Haliburton writes regarding: Pay equity case takes new twist – 25 years later
So, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and its Tribunal, supposed champions of the poor and downtrodden, spent 22 years pursuing a 300 million dollar award on behalf of one of the largest and most powerful unions in the country, the Public Service Alliance of Canada. The Federal Court of Canada has now ended this farce by dismissing the whole wretched affair, and in doing so, had “harsh words” (to quote the Press) for the Commission and the Tribunal.
Why, one may ask, would any Federal Agency pursue such a matter over what the Federal Judge said was an “unreasonable” period of time during which period the Judge said they “unreasonably ignored the factual reality”. Could it be because the Human Rights Commission is full of bureaucrats who belong to the Public Service Alliance Union and have been engaged in one of the most obvious and shocking examples of conflict of interest and general corruption in the entire history of the Ottawa bureaucracy?
As the Federal Judge stated “this case offends the public conscience of what is reasonable and responsible”. In fact, the Federal Judge went on to compare the whole incredible affair with the fictional case in the great Dickens’ “Bleak House” wherein “Jarndyce v. Jarndyce concerned the fate of a large inheritance, which dragged on for many generations. The trial finally came to an end after legal costs had devoured the entire estate”. The problem here is that the legal costs were not private, but charged to the Canadian Public by the grotesque Human Rights Commission and Tribunal! It cost the Union nothing! But it cost the Federal Employer, Canada Post, and the Public a small fortune.
Since the inception of the Wagner Act in 1935 (The United States Labour Relations Act), it has been the general rule in all governments in North America that, if a government department or agency dealt with Labour Relations matters, then the employees of that department or agency could not belong to a Union. Thus, if one works for the Canadian Labour Relations Board, or the United States Labour Relations Board, or the Ontario Labour Relations Board, etc., then one obviously cannot belong to a Union, any more than one could hold a part-time job with an Employer who had a case before the labour relations board concerned (or a judge could have an employment or financial relationship with a firm appearing before the judge). The political cretins in Ottawa changed that when they absurdly assigned certain labour relations matters to the Human Rights Commission and Tribunal (namely the matter of pay equity).
This is the same Human Rights Commission that every major newspaper in Canada has written editorials against in the last 30 days, objecting to their scandalous attempt to gut the Charter of Rights regarding freedom of Expression and the Press. That this horribly compromised and clearly corrupt Commission and Tribunal should be adjudicating matters of Free Expression and a Free Press is simply mind numbing! The Press of Canada is certainly correct in demanding that Section 13(1) of the Human Rights Act be deleted so that this ghastly Commission and Tribunal will not have any mandate to meddle and cause very serious mischief in such matters.
Update – Haliburton from the comments:
While we are on the subject of lawyers, did I mention that most lawyers working in our National Capital for the Federal Government work in Ontario? Why? Because there is no “Federal District” in Canada, like the Federal District of Columbia (Washington is a very convenient legal fiction).
Now, the Ontario Bar forbids lawyers from belonging to unions. However, the Federal government has no such provisions and many Federal Government lawyers belong to a Public Service Union and thumb their nose at the Bar. Could they be disciplined or even disbarred by the Ontario Bar for a lack of professional ethics? Well, technically, but not in the Ontario Bar’s nudge, nudge, wink, wink, Monty Python like environment. So, what about the shysters in the Human Rights Commission and the Tribunal? Well, it is hard to say, without being a personnel officer in these Federal Agencies, with access to the actual collective agreements.
My guess, as one of the most senior, retired labour relations officials in the country is that, yes, there are unionized lawyers in these Agencies. But, it would take a lengthy freedom of information inquiry to find out conclusively.
What’s that? The HRC “ignored…factual reality,” did it? Perish the thought!
Actually, in all seriousness, this is a very hopeful sign indeed, that a Canadian judge has the power to overturn rulings made by the human rights commissions. That, in and of itself, shouldn’t come as all that much of a surprise, I suppose — the courts in Canada have a lot of power, which is not always used in benevolent or beneficial ways. What is actually surprising, I think, is that the court was willing to take a stand against the HRC ruling and actually berate the tribunal for ignoring the facts on the ground.
Ezra Levant has more: Kangaroo Courts – just not as fast as Kangaroos
Blazingcatfuris:shocked,appalled,mortified,bewildered,dismayed,alarmed,horrified at the mere suggestion that A Culture of Corruption May Exist At The CHRC!
Hey I just figured out what CHRC stands for:
Canadian Hitlerite Recruiting Centre!