Tim Hudak proposes to abolish Ontario HRCs
I'm pleased to report that Tim Hudak, considered a leading contender for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, has announced that he would abolish that province's human rights tribunal. Hudak becomes the second PCPO candidate to make that pledge, the first being Randy Hillier, which I wrote about here.
Hillier has it right: he'll simply do away with them. There is no need for HRCs; our civil courts already handle wrongful dismissal and landlord and tenant issues, and for anything more rambunctious than that, there's the Criminal Code. That's it.
Here's Hudak's announcement. In short, he'd abolish the kangaroo court aspects of the system, replacing it with real judges, bound by real rules of procedure.
That's half the problem -- as I experienced first hand. Had Syed Soharwardy, the anti-Semitic imam who complained about me, been bound by real rules of court, he likely never would have proceeded, out of fear of having to pay my legal fees for such an obviously abusive claim.
But merely replacing the HRCs corrupt system with a fairer court system is not the whole solution. I would have been no happier had a real judge heard the censorship case against me. It's the censorship that matters, too -- the counterfeit "right not to be offended". I don't want a real judge applying that fake right. I don't want anybody presiding over such a sham. So it's not just the process that's broken, it's the substance, too.
Hudak's announcement seems to address that -- he criticizes cases about "hurt feelings" and "political advocacy". I'd like to see the fine print -- if Hudak really is going to rein in the insane cases, and transfer everything else to real courts, perhaps he's accomplishing the same goals as Hillier is, but in a subtler fashion. That's fine by me.
There are two other candidates for the Tory leadership, of course. Christine Elliot and Frank Klees. Unless I've missed it, they haven't weighed in on the issue of HRCs, free speech and natural justice yet.
This news report by Karen Howlett quotes a single anonymous party "insider", who apparently is such an insider that he knows what the secret thinking is in both Elliot's and Klees's campaign.
For what it's worth, here's what that one party "insider" says about the two campaigns that have yet to announce on this subject:
[Hudak's and Hillier's] stand leaves them at odds with leadership rivals Christine Elliott and Frank Klees, who worry that the policy could hurt the party and be as ill fated as former leader John Tory's pledge to publicly fund all religious schools in addition to Catholic ones, said a party insider.