Following the Ontario HRC decision to drop the complaint against Macleans (while pronouncing them guilty nonetheless), the Federal CHRC has decided to do the same.
Maclean’s magazine is pleased that the Canadian
Human Rights Commission has dismissed the complaint brought against it by the
Canadian Islamic Congress. The decision is in keeping with our long-standing
position that the article in question, “The Future Belongs to Islam,” an
excerpt from Mark Steyn’s best-selling book America Alone, was a worthy piece
of commentary on important geopolitical issues, entirely within the bounds of
normal journalistic practice.
Though gratified by the decision, Maclean’s continues to assert that no
human rights commission, whether at the federal or provincial level, has the
mandate or the expertise to monitor, inquire into, or assess the editorial
decisions of the nation’s media. And we continue to have grave concerns about
a system of complaint and adjudication that allows a media outlet to be
pursued in multiple jurisdictions on the same complaint, brought by the same
complainants, subjecting it to costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars, to
say nothing of the inconvenience. We enthusiastically support those
parliamentarians who are calling for legislative review of the commissions
with regard to speech issues.
Did this come from media pressure around the world? After all, the BC hullabaloo must have been pretty embarrassing for Canada. Now doubt this pressure had something to do with the feds backing off. I hope so. With any luck, all these baby steps will get us to our destination – to abolish the thought crimes provision entirely.