Kari Simpson is most familiar to my readers as the “Nazi” or whatever in the Raif Mair libel case.
Here’s the latest on Kari Simpson:
Mrs. Simpson’s plan is simple—and audacious. She plans to file a human rights complaint against the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal.
To whom will she present the complaint?
To the tribunal itself!
“Of course, they can’t really hear a case against themselves,” she said, “so my complaint would automatically be passed on to the British Columbia Supreme Court for judicial review. But even if they were arrogant enough to hear the case, the rules say that any Human Rights Tribunal decision automatically comes up for judicial review. So one way or another, my case will be heard.
Her complaint is based on seven years’ worth of complaints to the tribunal, all made by Christians alleging religious bias against them—and all dismissed without a hearing.
During this same time, the tribunal accepted many complaints against Christians, filed by homosexual activists, many of those complaints legally baseless, or even frivolous.
At the same time, Mrs. Simpson charges, the tribunal itself, as well as tribunal staff and members of their families, donated money and labor to “gay rights” groups and projects, personally participated in homosexual advocacy campaigns, and published documents exhibiting an active hostility to Christians and their beliefs.
Acting as her own lawyer, Mrs. Simpson became one of the few defendants in Canadian history to fight down a “human rights” complaint.
It cost her $70,000 of her own money.
“It was a huge expenditure,” she said: “All the time I had to take off from my business, subpoenas, copies, couriers, and consultations with attorneys. Afterward we tried to go after the complainants for our costs, but did not win. So although the case was dropped, it was a brutal punishment.”
Mrs. Simpson kept the lead plaintiff, kindergarten teacher James Chamberlain, on the stand for several days of rigorous cross-examination—so rigorous, indeed, that before a second witness could be called, the plaintiffs withdrew from the case.
“They withdrew the complaint after James Chamberlain provided very damaging testimony,” she said—damaging, that is, to his own case.
Mrs. Simpson provided us with several hundred pages of transcripts from that hearing, copies of which will probably be entered into evidence in her own case against the tribunal. We were impressed by the withering effect of her questions on the plaintiff’s case—all the more so, in that she never attended law school.
“I raised four kids on my own,” she said. “You get to be good at asking those sorts of questions.”