First, the Human Rights Commissions are likely pretty confused right now after it was revealed that the Toronto Police identified a Nazi as a victim of a hate crime. The Canadian Jewish Congress, ideological sisters of the Commissions, gave them some pointers. They issued an ironic statement soon after:
A Nazi can never be a victim but only a victimizer.
That’s along the same lines as “Whites are, by definition, racist.” Pardon me for using HR-ish language, but isn’t that a discriminatory statement? A projection of guilt onto an identifiable group? I sense grounds for a complaint…
More from Steyn.
Second: This is interesting – it may mean very little, but it seems fishy to me. The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that any complaint made to the Commission is subject to absolute privilege. To me, that means that the complaint cannot be used as evidence against the complainant in any legal proceeding. Would this give the complainant immunity from malicious prosecution, frivolous litigation, and possibly even cost orders? Maybe a reader familiar with law can help me out with what this means.
Third, at least they’re going about it democratically. MP Bill Siksay opened up second reading on his private member’s bill that would include “gender identity” and “gender expression” in the definition of “identifiable group”. If this bill passes, the entire issue about girls on boy’s soccer team will be moot – gender would be all in the eye of a beholder, according to the Code.
The bill would also amend the Criminal Code, including “gender identity” as a victim group for hate speech. At least MP Sylvie Boucher pointed out the obvious result of such legislation (emphasis mine):
…I just want to point out that if we broaden the definition of “identifiable group” set out in the hate propaganda provisions, that will further infringe on Canadians’ right to free speech.
Fourth, one of the reasons why the Commissions and Tribunals were put in place was apparently to speed up the process that normally takes years in the courts. Scaramouche dug up a case that kinda blows that theory out of the water – it’s been going on for nineteen years.
Fifth: A reasoned response to the unreasonable decision of allowing girls on boys’ teams – but not vice versa.
Sixth, ten months of Human Rights hell will discourage firing employees for just cause – as long as they’re a member of a victim group.
Seventh: The Human Rights Complaint into the taxi system in Toronto is getting underway. The complainant insists that a taxi licence system is discriminatory if a racial-minority person (himself) can’t afford one.