June 26, 2015

Crippled but not dead: Your Canadian Human Rights Commission (still) at work

Richard AndersonRebel Blogger

Ever wonder what happened to the Canadian Human Rights Commission? While Section 13 is dead and buried the CHRC lives on attempting to justify its remit

The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has produced a series of videos, now on its YouTube channel, to help people in Canada deal with discrimination and navigate the human rights complaint process.

Using live actors as well as animation, “Human Rights and You: A video series” tells the stories of Lily and Dan — two fictional characters using the CHRC complaint process to deal with workplace discrimination. 

The two videos feature Lily, a victim of sexual harassment, and Dan, a victim of age and disability discrimination. Needless to say the videos have the production values one has come to expect from the federal government. As of writing the videos have received only a few dozen hits. Helpfully the CHRC's You Tube channel also features videos in various aboriginal languages explaining the work of the commission. There is even a French version of the channel, just to keep Graham Fraser happy. 

It's the nature of government departments that, long after their original purpose has been served, they continue to exist as taxpayer dependent zombies. Having lost its role as censor of hurt feelings, the CHRC has moved onto playing national HR manager. The videos promise that the commission will offer assistance to those complaining on eleven different grounds of discrimination. Thing is that the labour relations are primarily a provincial responsibility. There is already a thicket of provincial laws covering exactly this sort of employment discrimination. 

In Ontario the Ministry of Labour and the Ontario Human Rights Commission both offer similar protections for workers. Whatever you think of the role of government in protecting the rights of workers against abusive employers, the CHRC is merely duplicating the work of their provincial counterparts. Given the CHRC's track records of censorship and meddling in private affairs, the commission is not only redundant but often a threat to genuine human rights.

Herein lies an important lesson for those seeking to reform government. Simply scrapping bad laws isn't enough. The institutions that enforce those bad laws must be destroyed as well. 


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commented 2015-06-30 18:44:17 -0400
Wait for it, people — the next bunch to utilize the HRC will be the gay activist community, and the rest of us won’t stand a chance.
commented 2015-06-28 23:21:19 -0400
I once read something that I found very surprising about the CHRC: about 90% of the complaints were filed by a single person, namely Richard Warman, who was said to be a CHRC employee (or ex-employee). I don’t know if this is true but if it is, it’s VERY disturbing. Just imagine an entire bureaucracy with power to fine you and humiliate you all working at the behest of a single zealot, who actually works for that bureaucracy! The mind boggles. It’s positively Stalinist.
commented 2015-06-28 18:45:47 -0400
I couldn’t help wondering if some of the people thinking they could use her because of her disability were the CHRC… Assuming she isn’t an actress.
commented 2015-06-28 17:22:42 -0400
This was a paid actress and this skit only shows where they are over stepping their mandate once against to try and prove some relevance to society ills. But here’s the thing, this is and has been the law in all provinces and its also a Federql law governing over federal employees. If one is harassed in any way shape or form, one needs to call a labour lawyer. CHRC has no real authority over the laws that governments have come up with to protect workers from this, they are not lawyers!!!!!
Again this skit is just full of crap and someone should tell them so!!!!
commented 2015-06-28 16:31:52 -0400
It’s time to deliver the knockout blow to this insult to real Canadians. This is nothing but a tool of oppression used by the left.
commented 2015-06-28 12:49:33 -0400
I have daughters and I like to think that they are protected from abuse. Having said that, what really upsets me is the numbers of bogus accusations that go the the CHRC and the cost to those accused. If I had any sense that the CHRC was not biased I might agree with keeping it but right now it should go the way of the Dodo bird and the CRTC.
commented 2015-06-28 04:16:57 -0400
Bill – “sinecure”, that’s very appropriate. Wayne, only section 13 (the hate speech provision) was repealed. The CHRC still exists, but at least it’s been stripped of some of its overreaching authority.
commented 2015-06-27 11:01:24 -0400
What I see is a redundant administrative sinecure attempting to seem relevant by duplicating the service of the labour relations board. It’s also grounds for both statute and civil actions. Sexual harassment is a matter for the labour act boards/arbitrators. This woman was not “discriminated against” she was hit on by a sexual predator boss. Maybe the HRC sells itself to naïve clients on the basis its awards packages are bigger. In any respect, this is a sickening display of under worked, redundant bureaucracy trying to make work and appear relevant.
commented 2015-06-27 10:51:53 -0400
Until I read Ezra’s book on the subject, I didn’t realize how pervasive and nasty the so-called Human Rights Commission is. Like the CBC this scourge needs to be dismantled and flushed once and for all.
commented 2015-06-27 09:59:14 -0400
It is the Canadian version of ‘Night of the Living Dead’. Where institutions, killed off by legislation, continue to prowl the night and suck the blood from living Canadians.
commented 2015-06-27 00:26:42 -0400
How can the CHRC still exist if the legislation creating it has been repealed? These fraudsters have to be shut down immediately.