Monday, October 20, 2008

Defining Liberty

I had a great time this weekend at the Canadian Constitution Foundation conference in Toronto.

The theme for the conference was "Individual Freedom and the Common Good: Defining Human Rights in a Free Society".

Topics included protecting the environment through property rights; Aboriginal Rights in the 21st century and Judicial Activism in Canada.

The most interesting part of the conference however was a debate between Alan Borovoy of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Philippe Dufresne of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

The CCF will be posting that debate on Youtube at a later date and I will link to it when it becomes available.

What I thought was interesting about this debate was that the Human Rights Commission even agreed to participate.

They are probably engaging in a little PR damage control which means all that negative press coverage they are getting is hurting them.

Of course, this might be a signal for the Conservative government to clip their wings.

But that probably won't happen.

Also was glad to see my friend Dr. Roy at the conference and to meet Connie and Mark Fournier of Free Dominon fame.

1 comment:

Charles Anthony said...

I look forward to seeing that debate. What I will find interesting is how either of them justify their definitions of freedom and rights.

Ultimately, there is no universally objective definition of either concept.