Canada To Make It Illegal To Discriminate Against . . . Um . . . They'll Let You Know If You've Done It

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  1. Joshua says:

    So, when do we invade to bring the light of freedom into their little pagan hearts?

    That is disturbing, though. You think you know your neighbors, and then they turn out to be whacky as a a bag full of slinkies and superballs.

  2. Greg says:

    I might be wrong about this, but I would think that broadening the definition of "protected" groups to include "social condition" would require a modification to the law by parliament. And even though the current Conservative government in Ottawa doesn't have the votes in Parliament to take any of the CHRC's powers away from it, they are in control of the legislative agenda and there's no way they'd give the CHRC any more powers.

    As well. the whole Maclean's / Mark Steyn affair has greatly diminished the moral authority of the CHRC. Before they went after Steyn and Maclean's, virtually no one, except for a few fringe characters, doubted the wisdom of having bodies like the CHRC. Now lots of people are suspicious of them. So I think there would be a lot of public opposition to giving the CHRC any more powers.

  3. zarathud says:

    Next the right honorable ladies and gentlemen of Canada will ban being impolite for any reason whatsoever. On the grounds that it is part of their national culture.

  4. Tessa says:

    Maude save us from people with good intentions! At least, one would assume the CHRC is motivated by good intentions, although I'm no longer so sure, after their recent bizarre series of cases, against Mark Steyn and others. And don't get me wrong—I think Steyn is a pontificating blowhard who deserves to be severely … argued with … not sued with the full force of the state. I hope Greg is right, and we the Canadian people will not stand for it, but since this is the first I have heard of this move (and I read four Canadian papers every day!) I'm afraid they might sneak this one across before anyone knows what has hit them.

  1. May 14, 2009

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