The grounds advanced by the BCCLA in support of its late request to intervene are substantially the same as those advanced by the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) in support of a similar request. Given the Tribunal’s rejection of the request by the CCF in its ruling of May 16, 2008 (2008 CHRT 17), there does not appear to be a principled basis. (Source)
I see Rob Nicholson does not believe that the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association should have any voice in the debate over free speech in Canada. It is completely baffling to Rob Nicholson and the Attorney General’s office why an organization that is concerned about the civil liberties of Canadians to advance one of our must fundamental rights, the right to free speech, should have any part to play in challenging the government in the fraudulent practices of the CHRC.
It’s par for the course that Rob Nicholson and the Attorney General’s office, who don’t consider the truth as a defence, should seek to limit debate on this question. Why should we be surprised? Autocratic and Dictatorial regimes seldom care about civil liberties. If they don’t need search warrants, they don’t need citizen organizations getting involved in the messy business of censorship and thought crimes which are, of course, the exclusive domain of the government.
Never mind the CHRC, what about the Attorney General’s office? What other areas of law do they think that “truth is no defence”? It seems to me that if we are successful in bringing down the CHRC, the Attorney General’s office needs to be cleaned out too.
But the problem is not merely isolated to the CHRC and the Attorney General’s office. They are not the only problem in this country. There are Star Chambers all around us, seeking to shut down free speeech. Even our universities think free speech should be an “American concept”.
I think that a focused effort to communicate our outrage would be a very good idea. We need to put pressure on one particular political point to get our message across instead of scattering our efforts against the whole Conservative Party. We need to focus our shakedown efforts on one point so that it hurts one politician. That way, we strike the freespeecher fear into all of them.
I suggest we setup the “Campaign to Defend Free Speech & Defeat Rob Nicholson“. Whatcha y’all think?