Ian Mulgrew, Vancouver Sun – Panel’s hearing over Maclean’s article was an affront to free speech and a waste of public resources and time
“Maclean’s and Steyn didn’t deign to even offer a defence at the summer’s tomfoolery.
Who can blame them?
Still their temerity earned them the panel’s enmity.
The triumvirate was unable to resist taking a swipe at the defendants for supposedly “fuelling” the raging international controversy:
“At times, Maclean’s conduct of its case appeared to be directed to the media coverage of the hearing rather than supporting the positions it had taken in its original response to the complaint . . . . Maclean’s, for example, published an editorial critical of the complainants and the human rights process . . .”
There would have been no controversy if the tribunal had not provided this attention-seeking advocacy group with a soapbox.
Maclean’s was right to tell the tribunal to get lost and take its case to the public.
This process was illegitimate and these tinpot judges knew it.”