A lot of commentary on the HRCs for you today:
First: So the unions don’t like the push to divert employment discrimination complaints away from the Human Rights system and to a dedicated employment dispute-resolution system. Gotta love their reasoning:
It is premature to undertake academic research into comparative jurisdictions regarding workplace dispute resolution systems. The labour community has not had an opportunity to identify problems with the present system.
Soooo, let’s not have any evidence-based policy research until the unions can devise a PR campaign in support of the Tribunal…
Second: Christine Williams on the CN Rail decision:
The Canadian Human Rights Commission has just announced that parents with young children have the right to not move in accommodating job demands. Now the Canadian National Railway is forced to rehire three women who were fired for refusing to transfer to a different province and pay them compensation for anguish…
Though this decision turned out favorably for the women involved, the ruling extends beyond the boundaries of their individual cases. The CHRC has made a sweeping declaration that extends to other employers.
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Third: From the Montreal Gazette, a Note to Tribunal – Get Serious:
The 2007 incident in question involves a white truck driver who parked in a bus lane. When a black Societe de transport de Montreal inspector gave him a ticket, the truck driver used a racial insult, apparently trying to belittle the inspector in front of white police officers. For his hurt feelings, the STM employee was awarded “moral damages” of $7,500 and punitive damages of $500. Even more ridiculously, the truck driver’s employer must pay a big chunk of the fine.
Cases such as this have made human-rights bureaucracies across Canada what they are today: sources of both amusement and alarm, rigidly enforcing absurd political correctness while blithely ignoring the realities of society. Nobody pretends that Quebec is a human-rights nirvana, so why on Earth can’t this tribunal find itself some serious work to do?
And also from the Gazette, Suck it Up, Officer:
Quebecers should be afraid, very afraid. And employers should be doubly afraid. The Quebec Human Rights Tribunal has just ruled that name-calling is an offence. And if it’s your employee who calls someone a bad name, you’re liable too.
Fourth: More comment from Lorne Gunter in the Post, about government micro-management of our lives:
Earlier this year, the Quebec Human Rights Commission inserted itself into a dispute at a Montreal-area condo over who should get the primo parking stalls next to the door. And the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has been asked to make sure the next dean of the University of Windsor Law School is chosen fairly, without hint of prejudice – as if government had special powers to divine what was fair and what wasn’t. (Indeed, the best government can do is referee among competing interest groups, i.e. choose the political winners and losers.)
We seem to have reached a point where there are no disputes we can settle on our own — or are allowed to settle — no decisions government does not think itself more capable of making than we.
Fifth: Now, Liberals are a “protected group”. No, really. At least they are in PEI.