Saturday, January 12, 2008

Levant Faces The Commission

What is needed, it seems to me, is a seriously rude, arrogant, and well-educated class of journalists, who would lend each other support in ridiculing the pretensions of the censors. — Roger Scruton via the Politic

Ezra Levant faces the Alberta Human Rights Commission with bravery and sweet, sweet contempt for its illegitimacy.

For a government bureaucrat to call any publisher or anyone else to an interrogation to be quizzed about his political or religious expression is a violation of 800 years of common law, a Universal Declaration of Rights, a Bill of Rights and a Charter of Rights. This commission is applying Saudi values, not Canadian values...

It is procedurally unfair. Unlike real courts, there is no way to apply for a dismissal of nuisance lawsuits. Common law rules of evidence don’t apply. Rules of court don’t apply. It is a system that is part Kafka, and part Stalin. Even this interrogation today – at which I appear under duress – saw the commission tell me who I could or could not bring with me as my counsel and advisors.

I have no faith in this farcical commission. But I do have faith in the justice and good sense of my fellow Albertans and Canadians. I believe that the better they understand this case, the more shocked they will be. I am here under your compulsion to answer the commission’s questions. But it is not I who am on trial: it is the freedom of all Canadians.

You may start your interrogation.
Inspiring defiance. A rare inside view of the Human Rights process.


nomdeblog said...


I'm left speechless. HRC mission accomplished.

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Ezra!

Marginalized Action Dinosaur said...

Stalin would be happy,

Shut them down Harper!

Anonymous said...

"Shut them down Harper!"

I think the PM is a little too busy being pragmatic (figuring out how to win a majority government by convincing socialists he's one of them) to bother with your requests to be principled. But thanks for asking.

Ezra is great. Though a bit foolish for putting any stock in the Canadian charter, which says that a legislature can do any thing it wants to anyone they can get their hands on, justified with very finely crafted but highly circular arguments.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

It was written by and for Canadians, who fear mobs far less than they fear freedom (and responsibility). Ezra has displeased the mob, and now they have him. Pity.

Anonymous said...

Not much about this historical event in the Canadian msm. Even the left, who created these star chambers, must be a little concerned that they could be used against them.

Ezra wins no matter what ruling the AHRC comes back with.

Anonymous said...

this is really amazing...and shocking. I had no idea that such a thing could exist in this day in age in CANADA of all places. Good luck - our freedoms are being assaulted everywhere, all the time.

stop giving government powers to 'protect' you!

Anonymous said...

gera, this has been going on for years.It is being reported, only because the victim in this case, Ezra is making sure it is. The star chambers need to be shut down, and Ezra is the one who is going to do it. The main stream media has a left affiliation, so you won't hear much about it. Just follow the blogs that really believe in freedom of speech, and keep updated. Spread the word and send these articles to everyone you know.

The star chambers have gotten away with persecuting people they have dragged before their kangaroo courts, because it never had the light shone on it. We all know the best way to get cockroaches scurrying, is to shine a light on them.