In this case, the Tribunal was so disgusted with Warman — and so stupefied that a complaint would be made against a website that doesn’t exist — that he really didn’t plan to issue any order at all. But had he wanted to throw the book at Ouwendyk, he couldn’t — another Tribunal chair had ruled that everything is on ice until Lemire is done.
The enforcement of Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act has been suspended indefinitely by the CHRT.
But look what hasn’t been suspended: the investigations and prosecutions of section 13. And, as I’ve said a dozen times before, it’s the process that’s the real punishment. In this case, it was three years from complaint to ruling — three years of bullying someone because they had “wrong” political ideas.
The CHRC and the CHRT will continue with that informal punishment, the punishment of abusive process.
The law is coming apart at the seams; the law’s chief user has been officially exposed as malign; the law’s enforcement has been suspended; but the sick, sick HRC system continues to grind on, using our money and abusing our heritage of natural justice.