“You can certainly try to ignore a complaint filed against you by a human rights commission. But that won’t mean they ignore you. Many of the commissions have extraordinary powers that even real police do not.
“Take, for example, the powers granted to Alberta’s HRC to enter my office to search and seize any document they like — without a warrant. Check out section 23 of the Alberta law that grants them this extraordinary power. They can even get an order, ex parte, to search my home. If you don’t go to them, they’ll come to you.
“The real answer is political reform of these commissions, or even their abolition. In the meantime, we cannot outsource our responsibility to fight them. It falls to each of us to publicize these commissions’ wrongdoings, and to ‘denormalize’ them in the public eye. It falls to each of us to raise a ruckus with our political leaders who have the power to rein them in. And, where we can, I believe we each ought to chip in to help the legal fight, where it’s needed.
“Maclean’s magazine doesn’t need us to chip in for them; but I know I’d have been crushed under legal fees had the blogosphere not chipped in to help me with my fight against the cartoons complaint.”
As you know, Ezra and I and a bunch of other conservative Canadian bloggers are being sued for “publicizing these commissions’ wrongdoings.”
I just cut my first four-figure retainer cheque to my lawyer and it won’t be the last. It will cost each of us a minimum of $30,000 to fight this thing, and win it — with your support, both moral and financial.
Donations are still pouring in to our legal defence funds and for that, I thank you! Your support has been humbling and inspirational.