A few weeks ago, Ezra Levant was one of three panelists debating Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act at a function hosted by the Canadian Association of Journalists. Liberal MP Keith Martin was one of the other panelists as well as Ian Fine (relation to Larry Fine perhaps?) from the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
It was good to see Fine actually appear at something like this as it was certain to be a hot-seat. Journalists in Canada are rather concerned about the chilling effect that the latest onslaught of frivolous human rights complaints against major media outlets in Canada by Islamic radicals and the debate was sure to be rather rough on Fine. I suspect that Fine regrets having appeared at the function now. Had Fine been able to defend the behaviour of the CHRC with fact he could have come out of this. Sadly, Fine resorted to fabrication and distortion. I guess this is not surprising from an organization that has been selectively deleting incriminating sections of transcripts of hearings that are relevant to the RCMP investigation of their corruption.
Ezra Levant was well prepared and countered Fine every time he was fibbing at the microphone (which was rather constant) and the bulk of the debate was some shaky damage control efforts on Fine’s part. Personally I think Ezra was a little over the top in his approach, but he certainly had well researched fact behind his every point.
The entire debate is close to 1 1/2 hours and CPAC has it in it’s entirety here.
As that is longer than many would like to sit at a computer watching a video, Richard at No-Libs kindly condensed the debate to it’s most relevant points in an 8 minute version. The video was initially hosted at Youtube and had a great deal of viewings. Shortly after it having been placed up, the video was pulled as Youtube had apparently pulled the video as they had been advised of a defamation action related to it.
I don’t really blame Youtube for this. They have to cover their butts and do not want to get caught in the middle of every legal wrangling that comes from posted videos. When they get such complaints, they err on the side of safety. The question is, who complained? How could a condensed version of Ian Fine’s own words be defamation? If anything, the foolish thug simply defamed himself.
The efforts on the part of the CHRC and it’s handful of anti-speech defenders to hide facts and keep debate from the public eye and are pretty telling in themselves. It is nothing less than disgusting that our tax-dollars are paying these people.
Well, the internet is much more than YouTube alone and the video has travelled elsewhere. The cheap censorship efforts of the CHRC and ilk such as Richard Warman are failing. Richard has assured us that the video will be hosted in perpetuity wherever such videos may be hosted.
I strongly recommend that those who have not seen this video watch it now and spread the word. Let these censors know that the more they try to shut down open-debate, the louder the debate will get.
The pitch on this issue is heating up daily as the rats scurry around their sinking CHRC ship trying to patch the holes on their corrupted vessel.