William Black is the most disturbing member of the committee. He led a review of B.C.’s human rights industry in 1994, and the final report which bears his name is a direct attack on the fundamental principles of jurisprudence in Canada.
At one point it reads: “The primary weakness of the (human rights) legislation of (the 1940s and 1950s) was that enforcement was by means of prosecution for a penal offence. This approach brought with it all the safeguards that apply to penal legislation. For example, the violation had to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, and the accused had a right to remain silent.”
“As applied to discrimination, these rules made enforcement almost impossible,” the report continues. “It was especially difficult to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the motive for refusing to deal with a person was race or religion rather than some legitimate reason.”
But wait! There’s more!
Harish Jain, who sat for a number of years on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal prosecuting human rights cases, appears to believe that systemic discrimination is rampant everywhere.
In 1994, he came to the defence of Toronto-area MP Jag Bhaduria, who was kicked out of the Liberal caucus for lying on his resumé, saying that Bhaduria wouldn’t have been treated as he was if he’d been a white person.
In 1990, Jain even charged that the lack of recognition given to foreign degrees in Canada is a form of racism…