Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Unfettered speech isn't dangerous, unfettered power is

One would think that if anyone could mount a strong defence of Canada’s much maligned human rights commissions and their role in regulating free speech in this country, it would be Maxwell Yalden. A former ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, Yalden was Chief Commissioner of the federal Human Rights Commission from 1987 to 1996 and Commissioner for Official Languages from 1977 to 1984. He also served on the UN Commission on Human Rights.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

A feckless Conservative Party? Principled conservatives have only themselves to blame

It has been said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes, but in Canada, there’s one more thing you can count on, and that’s conservatives – both fiscal and social – accusing the Conservative Party of "abandoning" its principles and "deserting" its core constituents. It’s no great surprise then that a handful of prominent Canadian conservatives are now doing just that.