by Mark Steyn • Apr 9, 2008
Serial litigant and Stormfront member Richard Warman launched a blizzard of lawsuits today, against The National Post and the backbone of the northern blogosphere - Ezra Levant, Kate McMillan, Kathy Shaidle and Free Dominion. He'd laid low for a few weeks, contenting himself with empty threats against McGill students, but he has now made his move. Ezra Levant lays out the legal challenge very clearly, Glenn Reynolds offers some advice, and Jay Currie adds an important point:
Warman is betting all the marbles here. His credibility and the credibility of the CHRC are now in play. Warman was the CHRC's creature and, I suspect the evidence will show, the CHRC became his creature as he casually crossed the line between investigator and complainant.
Precisely. It's not possible to take a stand against the Canadian Human Rights Commission without also talking a stand against Richard Warman. He has been the plaintiff on half the Section 13 cases in its entire history and on all the Section 13 cases since 2002. There are 30 million Canadians yet only one of them uses this law, over and over and over again, which tells you how otherwise irrelevant it is to keeping the Queen's peace. Section 13 is, in effect, Warman's Law and the CHRC is Warman's personal inquisition and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is Warman's very own kangaroo court. Whether or not the motivations were pure and pristine when this racket got started, at some point his pals at the CHRC and the "judges" of the CHRT should have realized that the Warmanization of Section 13 doesn't pass the smell test: Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done, and when you see what's done at the CHRC you understand it's a cosy and self-perpetuating romance between a corrupt bureaucracy and its favoured son.
So taking on the CHRC means taking on Richard Warman. I believe my colleague Charlie Gillis will have a piece on Warman in this week's Maclean's, on sale tomorrow, so the spotlight isn't going to be dimming anytime soon. In the meantime, I hope SteynOnline readers will support Ezra, Kate, Kathy and Mark and Connie at Free Dominion. They are private citizens like Richard Warman. Unlike him, they have not been enriched by tax-free awards of significant five-figure sums for entirely mythical "pain and suffering". So please go on over to the various websites and make a donation, as my pal Michelle Malkin did earlier today. In Kathy's case, you might also consider buying a copy of her book Acoustic Ladyland: it's in a good cause, but you'll get the better end of the bargain because it's a great read.
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