March 04, 2016

HEAR the joke that will cost comedian Mike Ward $180,000 (if Human Rights Commissions have their way)

Gavin McInnesArchive

Montreal comedian Mike Ward was hauled before Canada's Human Rights Commission for making a joke.


(This isn't the first time this has happened, either; a few years ago, Vancouver comedian Guy Earle was also fined over ten thousand dollars for heckling back at some hecklers in a comedy club.)

We'll tell you the joke Mike made and what happened next.

He and I laugh about this situation but of course, it is deadly serious. If we don't push back against these censors, then fascism wins.

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commented 2016-03-12 16:34:00 -0500
i believe the Human Rights Commission in Nazi Germany was the Gestapo and the SS, and the KGB in the former Soviet Union.
commented 2016-03-10 14:09:16 -0500
the speech nazis are furthering the case for culling the herd…they dont realize that they are the herd..
commented 2016-03-07 00:42:53 -0500
The so-called “Human Rights Commission” is part of the “cultural Marxism” that is popular with governments and university academics.

Click the link below to see how bad it is:
commented 2016-03-05 15:51:13 -0500
It’s $80000
commented 2016-03-05 13:28:42 -0500
I wonder if a lesbian had told this joke would she have been committing a “crime” even if another lesbian was offended by it? I’m offended at people trying to suppress our freedom? What human rights commission aggressively defends our rights?
commented 2016-03-05 13:16:00 -0500
Bill Elder – I wish I had seen your comment before I wrote mine. I think you’ve done a better job of saying most of what I did.

I like your association of the SJW’s paradise and prison. Very astute. I was going to guess North Korea, though it’s not as ideal as prison as an analogy. I wouldn’t want to live in North Korea OR prison.

I don’t understand how the CHRC became the McCarthy-like commission that it has, and no idea how it could be fixed, but the greatest mystery to me is how it’s obvious flaws and detriment to Canadian society have been ignored so completely by the politicians who claim to champion free speech and protecting our rights in general. There are times I wonder if, like the FBI, they have so much dirt on everyone that no public figure would dare stand against them for fear of being publicly destroyed, bankrupted and humiliated.

When a court has as much power and autonomy as the CHRC seems to have, and no real recourse against it, it seems like it will invariably become corrupted from it’s original intent.

I’m pretty sure that crushing free speech and bankrupting those that dare to use that right to free speech was never the intention of those who created it.
commented 2016-03-05 13:07:38 -0500
It’s comedy you perpetually offended assholes. It’s time to grow up and move on. You should be more offended by a government that wastes your tax dollars funding this useless organization rather than putting those dollars to good use by helping sick people.
commented 2016-03-05 13:02:37 -0500
The CHRC has long since become one of those ‘Great ideas’ that inevitably have most people saying ‘It seemed like such a good idea at the time’. That, and the usual ‘Wait, aren’t they supposed to be protecting people’s rights instead of persecuting them for using their rights?’

That is, the ‘Human Rights’ like free speech and free press and such should be things that are championed BY the commission and not have them fighting against them. A comedian with a joke should be near the top of protected speech. Just like the political cartoonist, the satirist makes light of very grave and terrible situations and allows people a safe way in their mind to find understanding of those awful things. It inspires dialogue in a way that a debate or a news report simply can’t.

This court’s biggest problem is it’s ‘safety’ from the rules and laws that force other courts to make absolutely sure that ‘nuisance’ or ‘harassment’ suits aren’t constantly brought forth. The rule that states a plaintiff must pay for the legal costs of the defendant if they lose is the best way to do that. Unfortunately it’s never the person that is ‘suing’ or ‘prosecuting’ the defendant in the CHRC’s trials, it is the commission itself, so anyone can file with them and they are protected. A SJW with a grudge or really ANYONE with a grudge can bide their time and when they see a chance they can ‘sick’ the CHRC on them and cost them huge amounts of money whether they win or lose.

That is not fair at all. The rules need to change and put the individual or group on ‘the hook’ for costs of legal defence if the suit fails to convict and it should be the costs of trial and defense. That way less individuals with a grudge will use this to harass, and only groups will come forward, and even then only ones with clear and certain rights issues they know with prevail, and are fair.

This comedian, Ezra Levant’s persecution, and many more of these obvious counts of harassment need to be stopped. If this Justin Jr’s ‘new’ ‘real change’ government wants to prove how ‘fair’ they are and that they are will to make ’real change to improve the fairness of Canadian rights where free speech is concerned then they need to make changes to the CHRC as soon as possible, and reimburse those who have been persecuted and harassed unfairly. AND they should go after those that have launched these campaigns of harassment for the costs they have incurred.

I don’t think they need to abolish the CHRC, not if they are willing to make some changes to prevent it being the ‘witchhunting’ McCarthyist court that it has evolved into. If enough was done to ensure it went back (if it’s ever really been a fair, impartial court) to being a way to protect human rights instead of being used to stamp them out, then I wouldn’t want it gone. If it’s just going to continue to be a blunt instrument that allows anyone with a grudge against someone that might have ‘hurt their feelings’ to bankrupt them, then we need to abolish it,and replace it with something else.

At the very least, I’m sure that a ‘normal’ court room could do a much better job of protecting rights and preventing their infringement than this Kangaroo Court.
commented 2016-03-05 12:58:52 -0500
Most certainly this is the ideological flatulence from a redundant bureaucracy with nothing to do – a stench of decay from a political culture which takes itself far too seriously and views society far to gloomy to be a healthy social justice asset. I also find the credibility of this political star chamber to be less than zero, when they can ignore the racist commentary of colored performers and the xenophobic dialog of Imams, to politically crucify some 2 dollar comic for a flippant phrase.

Anyone who cares to research modern cultural history will recall the oppression/censorship comics like Mort Saul or Lenny Bruce faced from authoritarian puritanism in the 50s/60s which ultimately morphed into McCarthyism is back with a vengeance – modern progressive puritanism in its intolerant form is a sort of Prog McCarthyism (political correctness) – it’s the aging left’s vengeance on their ideological enemies who they blame for the puritanical censorship in the 60s – no matter the source of puritanical tyranny, it’s creepy and really unhealthy for a free society.

As a casual politically disinterested observer I’m tempted to say; “I hope they chew each other up in their culture war so a more liberty centered ideology can take root.” But I’m wise enough to know we will all get ground up in this thing if we don’t take a stand on the side of freedom – and that’s tough to do because freedom is messy, it means if I want to enjoy my freedoms I have to tolerate some pretty annoying people to keep it. Political correctness (AKA Puritanical Progressia) attempt to sanitize our culture by limiting freedom under the guise of "social justice™ -

A Social Justice warrior’s paradise would be a place where everybody has forced equality, there are speech codes, conduct codes, and thought codes with the promise of guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only law enforcement has guns. And believe it or not, such a place does indeed already exist: It’s called Prison. And it is a vast prison PC aspires to make of our nation/culture
commented 2016-03-05 11:31:29 -0500
The CHRC is full of loonies. I knew one commissioner who caused trouble at the parent’s school council regarding every social event and meeting for completely stupid reasons. She even looks like a kook. I knew then, if she was a commissioner for the CHRC, then it must be a loony bin.
commented 2016-03-05 10:25:46 -0500
And the death cult of islam hates on hating everything and everyone and not a peep from the idiots at the HRC. Cowards is what they are to chicken shit to call a spade a spade. Very pathetic welcome to the sunny ways, free speech is not part of the liberal sunny ways.
commented 2016-03-05 08:41:30 -0500
I know someone that worked for the HRC, I was told there policy is…if someone “thinks” they were discriminated against then they were.
commented 2016-03-05 02:25:20 -0500
WOW! But an imam can call for the deaths of all Jews over 18 for some reason. I would die before i ever bent over for the HRC.
commented 2016-03-05 00:44:27 -0500
It doesn’t make sense to me that this is even an issue. Have these issues not already bee in court> re there no precedents? Can he not sue for harassment or trying to impede on his right to free speech/expression? I would hope he can fight back hard and send a clear message if you mess with our rights it will cost you not us.
commented 2016-03-04 23:48:51 -0500
Pin a yellow star on him.
commented 2016-03-04 22:32:22 -0500
The CHRC sounds like a bunch of SJW that need more Safe Spaces to hide in from jokes and opinions. Retards. That’s what they are.
commented 2016-03-04 19:29:53 -0500
Can’t say as I like his humor, but he still has a right to say it without prosecution. I, however, have a right not to listen to his humor. The Human Rights Kangaroo Court should be shut down.
commented 2016-03-04 17:19:01 -0500
It is about time that we as Canadians took our Country back. To hell with all this politically correct BS. We are living in a Marxist Wonderland.

In the UK they have a Law against Thought Crimes, in other words, if you think something bad, you can be arrested for it. Of course you have to write your thought down first. They call it Thought Crime to enable them to curb free speech. They look bad if they arrest you for free speech, hence the politically correct Thought Crime.

Canada is going the same way.
commented 2016-03-04 17:05:19 -0500
The interesting thing is, its an understood thing that anything goes (and usually does) in any and all bars or clubs that offer comedic entertainment. Anyone who goes there is fair game and if you are, or think you might be offended by a particular type of comedy, then you simply don’t go to these places.

Maybe Mike Ward was being set up for a law suit and was that night’s sacrificial lamb.
commented 2016-03-04 16:58:42 -0500
Marie clod landfill __hrc—chief commissioner
commented 2016-03-04 16:54:24 -0500
Marie-clod—what are you guys gonna do when your main target EZRA is gone,because he is now a ligit journalist.
This is gonna be fun to watch.
By the way ,chip in and help EZRA with one of his latest "law unfair " sue jobs.
commented 2016-03-04 16:31:44 -0500
Liz, apparently the HRCs are held in high regard by real judges and lawyers, so you could eventually be held in contempt of court. Which means you could actually do REAL jail time.

Glenn, the media doesn’t care. The only free speech they are willing to protect our their own.
commented 2016-03-04 16:29:16 -0500
Andrew, the scary thing is she could. Similar thing happened to Ezra when he criticized a member of the CHRC. Our so called defamation laws are a play thing for political actors to suppress those that criticize them. But indeed the so called rights commissions are something that should exist on North Korea. The fellow that ranked Canada more “free” than the United States was either biased or just completely fooled an unaware that free speech does not exist in Canada.
commented 2016-03-04 16:14:23 -0500
The Human Rights kangaroo courts have no business hearing free-speech cases. Those belong in real courts, on the complainant’s dime.
commented 2016-03-04 16:00:45 -0500
On balance of inconvenience the need to protect the Court Jester exceeds the need to protect the feelings of those he mocks in jest……the last pruning back of the CHRC was acheived by private member’s bill……now if we could find a like minded private member that would be great…..admittedly we do not have a like minded caucus in power at the moment…..but we DO have a potentially VERY powerfull auxilliary.

The media will back off of this…that is a reasonable prediction…a few might break ranks.

But if this was the subject of a clarification of what the CHRC has no business and no jurisdiction in…..supported by a veritable legion of Court Jesters…..both professional and amateur….at the very least we can have some fun and laughs doing it….and win or loose….the CHRC ….WILL LOOSE FACE….:-)
commented 2016-03-04 15:48:34 -0500
So if he was gay would it have been OK to tell this joke or would shift from being homophobic to sexist? I also have to wonder who get’s to decide which groups are permissible to attack and who are not?
commented 2016-03-04 14:56:15 -0500
The CRHC makes Canadians more apathetic tomorrow than they are today – the precursor to a nazi/communist regime.

It’s coming folks.
commented 2016-03-04 14:46:10 -0500
The problem is it being free speech. If it is free, then the regressive left see it as a taxable benefit. The regressive left can’t stand the concept of free without them benefitting.

That is like having free air to breathe. Hence on air, we get carbon taxes to make it paid air to breathe; payment to go and line the regressives’ pockets.

Likewise, instead of free speech, the CRHC is ensuring it is paid speech; payment lining the regressives’ pockets.
commented 2016-03-04 14:41:21 -0500
What happens if you don’t pay? Can a Human Rights Commission put you in jail? If so that’s where I’d be going before I paid one penny, to those nazis. It seems surreal what’s happening in Canada. Where did my country go?
commented 2016-03-04 14:11:50 -0500
The Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission Marie-Claude Landry is a piece of shit.

Now sue me Marie-Claude Landry you filth.