The CHRC is already being squeezed by three independent investigations, including including a criminal investigation by RCMP into the CHRC’s conduct. The negative press they have been receiving for their anti-Catholic bigotry was simply too much for them to bear. So Fr. de Valk can go.
Is it a victory for him? Only if a $20,000 legal bill and eighteen months of abuse of process can be called a victory. Their nominal torment, Rob Wells, isn’t out a dime — not for his costs (paid for by taxpayers) or Fr. de Valk’s costs (paid for by Fr. de Valk). But Wells is only the informer who fingered Fr. de Valk; were it not for the abusive CHRC, Wells couldn’t do anything other than be a lone, powerless anti-Catholic bigot — reduced to literally driving his vehicle in circles around churches, emblazoned with hate messages comparing Catholics to Nazis. That’s stupendously vile; but it shouldn’t be illegal. For such a bigot to be given access to the power of the state, via the CHRC, to legally prosecute his anti-Christian vendetta for a year and a half against Fr. de Valk is not just repulsive, it’s a political scandal for which Jennifer Lynch’s head should roll.
Oh, and speaking of lawless bullies, wouldn’t you know it: The CHRC’s investigation into Fr. de Valk and Catholic Insight was done by none other than Sandy Kozak, the rogue cop drummed out of the Carleton Place Police force for dating a criminal who was under investigation by that same police force.
P.S. I just noticed an additional layer of incompetence, like icing on a cake of corruption: in the CHRC’s letter to Fr. de Valk, they named his tormentor as “Paul Wells“, not Rob Wells. I guess they just have Maclean’s magazine on their mind down in the CHRC’s bunker.