See what we’re dealing with here?
MPs from all parties make comments can can be considered offensive, or promoting hatred or contempt of a particular group (that’s the wording of the Canadian Human Rights Act). I think, for example, of Liberal Michael Ignatieff’s statement that Israel commited war crimes during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war. Those comments were much more brutal than what Pankiw said about Aboriginal crime, at least to my ears. But the CHRC only goes after one side of the political aisle: conservatives. Just like the CHRC only prosecutes Christian clergy — not radical Muslim clergy. Just like the CHRC only harasses conservative journalists (like me), never offensive leftist journalists, like the bigoted Heather Mallick. They have a hate-on for conservatives. Their fatwa against Pankiw — as ordered up by Richard Warman, a three-time Green Party candidate — should come as no surprise.
Oh, and The Guy Who Is Suing Us was just awarded $50,000 in another case.