Pundita Posits – Human rights tribunals and velvet totalitarianism

Human rights tribunals and velvet totalitarianism


Discriminatory publication

7 (1) A person must not publish, issue or display, or cause to be published, issued or displayed, any statement, publication, notice, sign, symbol, emblem or other representation that (a) indicates discrimination or an intention to discriminate against a person or a group or class of persons, or(b) is likely to expose a person or a group or class of persons to hatred or contempt because of the race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age of that person or that group or class of persons.

[…]Do I hear a collective groan from M-446 supporters?

Yes; getting rid of Section 13 won’t be much help if every Canadian province has a human rights code that contains wording similar to (b), which is virtually the same used in the key phrase in Section 13.(*)

(The hearing schedule notes that the Section 7 complaint addresses “religion” as the specific area of discrimination in the Elmasry/Habib complaint.) This might partly explain the great confidence displayed by Canadian Islamic Congress lawyer Faisal Joseph at Wednesday’s press conference.

“If Maclean’s is ready to consider an opportunity for the Muslim population to have its say, we are ready for reasonable conciliation … One way or another it’s going to be dealt with, either by agreement or by an imposed decision.”

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