I think of Ezra as a combination of Darrin, and John Adams as portrayed by William Daniels in 1776. (I finally watched that movie about a month ago and for the first hour kept thinking: I know that guy…)
Ezra Levant is a riveting and dynamic speaker, and was without a doubt the highlight of the day. His approach to free speech issues was clearly not shared by other panelists, one of whom looked like he could hardly stand to sit at the same table. Ezra has no pretence of impartiality or objectivity and does not possess the academic credibility of most of the other panelists. Some audience members found his sarcastic sense of humour highly objectionable.
Most of the panelists had two or three others talking with them. Ezra had a group of up to 15 people crowded around him listening to what he had to say. Most of them were young people.
That observation indicates to me that, for the average interested Canadian, Ezra Levant’s way of thinking is more compelling and persuasive than the official legalistic line taken by defenders of our human rights commissions and tribunals. If today is any indication—and I, for one, fervently hope it is—Canada’s “human rights” industry is on the way out.