On September 23/08 National Post editor Jonathan Kay wrote an editorial highlighting just how ridiculous some human rights commissions had become. It had the shocking title of, ‘A bold new way to slam Whitey.’
Kay’s commentary about a mindnumbingly ridiculous case proving that discrimination doesn’t actually have to occur in order for one to be liable for prosecution is a clarion call to Canada to rein in out-of-control human rights commissions. Today I was sent a link to a story that shows the wisdom of that call…
In another shocking article for the National Post by former Western Standard publisher Ezra Levant, he exposes how the Canadian Human Rights Commission is prosecuting a former Saskatchewan MP for sending information to constituents related to the issue of addressing out-of-control Aboriginal crime:
Jim Pankiw, an MP who served from 1997 to 2004, is on trial for sending out flyers criticizing Indian crime in Saskatchewan. If convicted, Pankiw can face massive fines. He could also face other orders, ranging from a forced apology to a lifetime ban on commenting about aboriginal issues. If Pankiw refuses to comply with such an order, he could serve time in jail.
Aboriginal crime was a big issue for Pankiw’s constituents. According to Statistics Canada, aboriginals make up only 9% of Saskatchewan’s population, but they are 52% of the province’s criminally accused.
National Post, Ezra Levant, Oct 24/08: A new low for ‘human rights’
Colour of ink in brochure is ‘proof’ of racism, ‘expert’ says
According to Levant’s story (himself a victim of the CHRC) the ‘evidence’ presented against Pankiw included a ridiculously silly opinion from an ‘expert’ who said the proof of his racism was found in the fact that the brochure was written with black and red ink on white paper. Yes, really.
Take one of the “experts” relied upon by the CHRC, Derek Smith of Carleton University. As Terry O’Neill reported when the complaint was filed more than four years ago, Smith found proof of Pankiw’s racism in the colour of ink used in the brochures: black and red, on white paper.
Those are “colours very much associated with aboriginal people, for whom four colours have come to be associate with the four cardinal directions and have great spiritual significance,” wrote Smith. “One can hardly claim that the symbolism in this pamphlet is not inflammatory.” A real judge would laugh that out of court. A real prosecutor would be too embarrassed to run with it.
Wow…and I thought we had problems with bizzaro-world thinking in Caledonia.
CHRC violates Supreme Court ruling
The suit against Pankiw is clearly unconstitutional. In 1990, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that human rights commissions could only pursue “hate” cases against Canadians whose messages were pure evil — they were explicitly forbidden from touching political speech. Whether or not Pankiw’s views on Indian crime are “right” should therefore be up to the voters.
Levant posted a table from a Statistics Canada report showing the disproportionate share of Aboriginal crime in Saskatchewan in one of his prior articles:
- EzraLevant.com, Oct 21/08: The CHRC prosecutes a Member of Parliament
If Pankiw can be prosecuted…
Levant argues that ‘If Pankiw can be prosecuted for spreading “discrimination,” every MP is at risk.” I would argue that if MPs can be prosecuted, so can the rest of us. Where does it end?
Former Ipperwash community leader Mary-Lou LaPratte sent Levant’s NP article to me and Gary McHale today. Shortly afterwards, I posted the comment below on Levant’s blog under his article entitled, ‘My column in the National Post’:
As someone who gave up a real estate career two years ago to work full time alongside Gary McHale in opposing race-based policing and land claim lawlessness in Caledonia, your ‘A new low for ‘human rights’ sent a shiver down my spine.
It’s no wonder we have such a tough time getting politicians and MSM to expose the outrageous civil rights violations that are going on there at the hands of the OPP!
Here’s a unique twist on Human Rights for you: Both McHale and I submitted complaints to the OHRC after we were arrested on Dec 16/06 while attempting to raise a flag across from the occupied Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia.
Recently, the MoAG lawyer for Julian Fantino and two arresting officers made a written submission to the OHRC. In addition to refusing to attend an OHRC mediation session, they defended themselves by saying they were ‘protecting’ me from ‘extreme [native] elements’ who might want to harm me! The Commissioner of the OPP actually believes he can arrest innocent non-natives instead of arresting the native extremists who made the threats!
More details if you’re interested at: https://voiceofcanada.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/human-rights-complaint-forces-fantino-to-tell-truth-part-1/
I’ve submitted a written response, and am now waiting to hear if the OHRC buys into the OPP’s twisted thinking.
This is, of course, just the tip of the iceberg of outrageous civil rights violations in Caledonia, violations the MSM don’t seem willing to touch with a ten foot pole because they involve native extremists. Even the NP has gone completely silent on Caledonia.
I just got off the phone with Gary; he and I have already shared a jail cell for trying to put up Canadian flags, we have no problem doing the same for free speech if the CHRC decides to target us. We will not be silent, we will not be intimidated, we will not apologize for speaking and writing the truth.
As MLK wrote in his 1963 ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’:
Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.
As a former Cdn soldier and peacekeeper, I am beyond distressed at how our country’s values are being illegally subverted. Thank you for bringing attention on the CHRC.
Sorry to go on so long. Thanks again for your good works.
Mark Vandermaas | Homepage | 10.24.08 – 12:28 pm | #
Later this evening, I was contacted by one of Levant’s readers who sent me this comment:
I sent the commenter a lengthy email from the heart talking about my love for Israel and my hate for the evils of racially-dispensed justice. I also asked for help in reaching out to the Jewish community who have been strangely silent about the victims of Caledonia. We shall see. I also sent links to a few related stories:
- VoiceofCanada, Nov 08/07: History comes to Hamilton: “No one was left to speak for me.”
- VoiceofCanada, Dec 09/08: Canadian Civil Liberties Association turns blind eye to Caledonia’s agony
- CANACE report: The Human Costs of Illegal Occupations
I hope and pray that the Jewish community will find its voice and come to the aid of not only the victims of race-based policing in Caledonia, but also to the victims of politically-correct racism who are suffering at the hands of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
It’s getting scary out there!
- Saskatchewan Leader-Post, Oct 23/08: Tribunal to determine former MP’s motives [REPRINT]
- National Post, Oct 22/08: Ex-MP defends controversial pamphelets [REPRINT]
- Saskatchewan Leader-Post, Oct 22/08: Ex-MP Pankiw calls complaints cranky, mean-spirited attacks
- Macleans, Oct 21/08: Former Saskatchewan MP tells Canadian Human Rights Tribunal he’s not racist
- National Post, Oct 11/08: Maclean’s wins third round of hate fight [REPRINT]
- National Post, Sept 23/08: A bold new way to slam Whitey [REPRINT]
- National Post, Sept 17/08: Hate speech law creates ‘political elite’: lawyer [REPRINT]
- National Post, Aug 23/08: Academics fear speaking freely in Canada [REPRINT]
Mark Vandermaas, Editor