Jason Kenney, the secretary of state for multiculturalism, weighed in Wednesday on the controversy surrounding columnist Mark Steyn's bestseller America Alone.However, Free Dominion’s Connie Fournier was less than impressed:
OK, I like Jason, but I am kind of disgusted with him right now.[via and]
When we were attacked by the CHRC last summer, Jason was silent.
When Paul Fromm was to speak in the Parliamentary Press Gallery about the injustice of the CHRC, Jason initiated a vote to ban him from Parliament Hill.
But now Jason is suddenly a heroic defender of free speech.
I guess he just had to wait for a popular enough victim to come along before his principles could kick in.
Ok, I can fully sympathize with Ms. Fournier's point of view. I support the Free Dominion fight for free speech in our now demented Dominion. In a more perfect world there wouldn't be an HRC to suppress it.
However, it isn't a perfect world and Jason Kenney can't necessarily come out and support every HRC victim. I don't know Paul Fromm's politics or opinions but it may not have been wise for Kenney to take a stand supporting him.
Maybe the Islamic Congress has inadvertently done us a favour and made it possible
for a cabinet minister to speak up for free speech. If so, perhaps, finally, we'll see some progress in shutting down the HRCs.
"To be attacking opinions expressed by a columnist in a major agazine is a pretty bold attack on the basic Canadian value of freedom of the press and freedom of expression," Kenney said in an interview. "I think all Canadians would reject that kind of effort to undermine one of our basic freedoms."