He attended yesterday with counsel before the Commission for what he described as an "interrogation" by a "kangaroo court." He delivered an opening statement, which speaks for itself, excerpted in part below:
...I am here at this government interrogation under protest. It is my position that the government has no legal or moral authority to interrogate me or anyone else for publishing these words and pictures. That is a violation of my ancient and inalienable freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and in this case, religious freedom and the separation of mosque and state. It is especially perverted that a bureaucracy calling itself the Alberta human rights commission would be the government agency violating my human rights. So I will now call those bureaucrats “the commission” or “the hrc”, since to call the commission a “human rights commission” is to destroy the meaning of those words.
I believe that this commission has no proper authority over me. The commission was meant as a low-level, quasi-judicial body to arbitrate squabbles about housing, employment and other matters, where a complainant felt that their race or sex was the reason they were discriminated against. The commission was meant to deal with deeds, not words or ideas...
Buckdog is thinking of selling 'Free Ezra Levant' T-shirts.
Law Is Cool also weighs in with Mr. Levant's "proudest moment" and video links
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto