TORONTO — Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful Tim Hudak says he would scrap the province's Human Rights Tribunal if he wins, a policy that party insiders fear could become as controversial as the religious-schools issue.There are only two reasons anyone knows anything about the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The first is the complaint against Mark Steyn for being a racist, and the second is the report the OHRC issued on the harassment of Asian fishermen in small cottage communities across Southern Ontario. So I'd like to know which of these issues Hudak is so incensed about. Does he think that Mark Steyn was unfairly treated, or is he pro-racist harassment of new Canadians? I suspect that the rural Tory base is incensed at being singled out for their antics, but inquiring minds want to know.
Mr. Hudak, the acknowledged front-runner in the four-person race, announced this week that he would replace the tribunal with a court-based system bound by rules of evidence instead of an entity that uses the province's Human Rights Code as a “tool for political advocacy.”
Party insiders said the policy is an attempt by the veteran MPP to woo the supporters of leadership rival Randy Hillier, a rookie MPP who is expected to finish in fourth place on the first ballot. Mr. Hillier, who is attracting a growing following in eastern and southwestern Ontario among farmers and land owners, has also called for abolishing the tribunal.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
The ads really do write themselves
The ongoing saga of the implosion of the Ontario Tory party: