The Moon Report re: the Canadian Human Rights Commissions is due out today. Ezra Levant writes about what we can expect:
Prof. Moon is an obscure professor specifically chosen by the CHRC for one reason: he is one of the few Canadian academics who has written in favour of government violation of freedom of the press. In other words, he’s the perfect man to whitewash the CHRC’s own violations of freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion. And, just for certainty, the CHRC paid him $50,000 for a few months work. Gee, I wonder what he’ll say?
We’ll find out soon enough. But what taxpayers read today won’t be the report Moon originally submitted. It will be Jennifer Lynch’s redacted version of his report. According to the terms of his contract, Moon was told he “shall take into consideration” the CHRC’s orders about the direction his review could take, right from the outset. Note the word shall – not should, or could, or might. Shall. And Moon also had to privately submit his preliminary report to the CHRC, and they reserved the right to edit it, too. Again, it wasn’t a discussion or a debate between Moon and Lynch; his contract says he “shall” take the CHRC’s response into consideration. This isn’t Moon’s report, and it’s not a report done by Moon and the CHRC discussing things together. It’s Lynch’s report. And if Moon doesn’t like it, he can give back the $50,000.
Again, it’s not likely that the Lynch’s “corrections” were a problem for Moon – he’s already gone on record saying he believes the government has a right to interfere with citizens’ freedom of speech in a book he wrote. He just never thought he’d be paid $50,000 to say the same thing in an essay for the government.