Monday, February 9, 2009

Steyn in TO

Rightgirl is live blogging Mark Steyn's appearance before an Ontario Standing Committee on the subject of the OHRC or as Wendy puts it "the Ontario Court of Marsupial Magistrates". Leading up to the hearing she makes some choice observations:

...The Ontario human rights commission employs 50 staff, 22 full time adjudicators and 22 part time adjudicators. Judging by their representatives here at the hearing, I’m certain all employees are of an approriate hue or disability....typical self-sustaining government bloat.

...The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal wants to hire enen more staff. At least a dozen. Good thing we don’t have an economy in peril…

...There are 28 out of 71 staff curently making over $100k! an aside, all the MPPs here are startlingly white. I just find that funny.

Update: Here's Denyse O'Leary's transcript of Steyn's comments at the hearing. A sample of Mark's opening remarks:

[Ontario's human rights regime is] at odds not just with eight centuries of this province's legal inheritance, but with the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Canada likes that one so much, it sticks it on the back of the $50 bill, even though Ontario's Human Rights regime is in sustained, systemic breach of Article 6, Article 7, Articles 8, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 21, and 27 of the UN Declaration. The good news is that Ontario is not in violation of as many articles as Sudan or North Korea.

And Denyse comments: What impressed me most powerfully about the hearing was not Mark's address but the hatred visible on the faces of the apparatchiks. Imagine a man boldly declaring defiance of their nascent nanny state, backed by thugs. It was never supposed to happen.

Early reaction from SDA readers.

Complete transcript.

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