Maclean’s is The Bulletin of Canada and it was in an article in Maclean’s that Mark Steyn bought all his troubles with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. With the repeal of Section 13 that made “hate crimes” illegal, Mark has written an article for Maclean’s which they have titled, “I hate to say I told you so. Actually, I don’t. I love it”. As he points out, “Section 13 prosecutions had a 30-year 100 per cent conviction rate even the soviets might envy” or at least it did until Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant came along. Having prosecuted them both, the actual section of the Act has disappeared as a direct (although hardly immediate) result.
The stupidity of Section 13 is highlighted:
The senior counsel of the Canadian ‘Human rights’ Commission declared that his organisation was committed to the abolition of hatred – not hate crimes, not even ‘hate speech,’ but hate – a human emotion, you know, like the human emotions the control-freak enforcers attempt to abolish in The Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Stepford Wives. Any society of free peoples will include its share of hate; it could not be human without it. And as bad as racists, and homophobes and Islamophobes and whateverphobes may be, empowering an ever more coercive enforcement regime to micro-regulate us into glassy-eyed compliance is a thousand times worse.
But the best line in the article is from Kathy Shaidle in referring to the members of the CHRC, to wit, “you’re too stupid to tell me what to think”. And to prove the point about how dangerous these people are and how badly they miss the point, the Opposition spokesman on these issues said that it was terrible that the power of the CHRC to educate has now been taken away:
We do have a serious problem. If you take away the power to take [websites] down, it’s not clear they have any mandate to even talk to people about it and educate them about it.
A Robespierre mentality to perfection.