Monday, May 12, 2008

Tories and section 13

Anyone who thinks the Conservative Party isn't abandoning its principles please check out this posting on Ezra Levant's blog.

It turns out the Conservative government favours laws which limit free speech -- more specifically it favours the notorious section 13 of the Human Rights Act.

It's all in a legal memo issued by the Justice Department. I won't go into details because Levant does a masterful job of dissecting the government's weak arguments.

But let's just say the government comes across sounding like a left wing version of the NDP.


Anonymous said...

This is the worst thing I have seen from the CPC since they came to power.

In recent I have not agreed with you Mr. Nicholls as you have criticized PMSH and the party.
I am not a social conservative by the definition of most people in the CPC, so much of what you have complained didn't resonate.

However, this situation is really beyond the pale. I cannot believe the PMSH and the CPC would permit this.

I am trying to take comfort in the fact that, as Ezra points out, this was initiated by the libs when they were in power, but I would have thought that our Justice minister would have at least put a lid on things.

If this is the true position of the CPC, then I no longer see any merit in supporting this party. I know the libs are worse, but it's worse when it comes from people you thought you could trust.

I will be sending a letter to the party and to Mr. Nicholson, and if the response is not satisfactory, I will be resigning from the party.

To me, this is the only significant current political issue. All else is a rehash of old partisan argument. But the free speech / HRC is the first new major societal/political matter to arise in my recent political memory, and to have the CPC either ignore it, or come on the wrong side of it, is devastating.

Iain G. Foulds said...

... It is likely that Mr. Harper will "survive" for a few more years. Yet, as a true conservative leader, he is already finished. He will never become the defender and teacher of individual rights and liberty that he could have been.
... Ayn Rand could have written a great novel about Mr. Harper- a man who listened to those who advised compromising all his values, in an attempt to be liked by all... only to end up rejected by all.
... Now is the time to search for the rising of a true conservative leader.