Thursday, September 29, 2011

Brian Storseth's Section 13 Repeal Fizzled Already?

Yesterday I noted that Tory back-bencher Brian Storseth was set to propose a private member's initiative calling for the repeal of Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. That's, of course, the hate-seech provision.  (Here's a National Post editorial praising the move.)

But then weird shit happened.  The press council at which Storseth was set to announce his legislation was cancelled.  And later Kady O'Malley gave this cryptic tweet from QP:

So is Storseth's initiative already being quashed by the Man Upstairs, or did Harper and Co. push it back so as to give more media play to their flag flying bill?  It's not on the HOC agenda for today either, which means nothing can be done before Friday.

Furthermore, Kady has described Storseth's legislative thingy as a "motion" on several occasions, as that is how it appeared in his original advisory .  If that's all it is--a non-binding statement of opinion--then it amounts to a big nothing.  Or a little nothing, depending on your priorities.


sharonapple88 said...

But then weird shit happened.

Stealing a bit from Kady O'Malley, Brian Storseth didn't want to find out if there's a back-ier bench.

bigcitylib said...

The seat nearest the men's room.

double nickel said...

Waaay at the back, with Brad Trost.