Tuesday, August 12, 2008

900 days, 15 bureaucrats, and $500,000 from Alberta taxpayers

That, according to Ezra Levant, was the government effort put into investigating whether he was guilty of a human rights violation. In the Western Standard, he published the Danish cartoons that offended Muslims and caused riots around the world. In an 11-page decision, the commission turned down the complaint. After $100,000 in legal bills and the mixed tone of the eleven-page decision, Levant is only somewhat happy, as he explains in this radio interview and on his website. An excerpt....

The two complaints cost Alberta taxpayers in excess of $500,000 and, according to access to information documents, involved no fewer than 15 government bureaucrats. What a scam – on the part of the complainants, who were able to wage “lawfare” against an infidel without paying a cent; and on the part of the HRC, as a make-work project.

Fire. Them. All.

You can see the Notice of Dismissal here.

You can see my press release on the subject here.

I’ll have an Op-Ed in the National Post, and it should be available here.

Is this a victory? I suppose, in a narrow technical sense, it is. I’m off the hook now for both of the HRC complaints. That’s two legal battles done – though I’m still up to my eyeballs fighting defamation suits and other legal actions that the human rights industry piled on top of these complaints.

But I’ve read the dismissal letter three times now, and each time it makes me more angry. Because I haven’t been given my freedom of the press. I’ve simply had the government censor approve what I said. That’s a completely different thing.

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