The Toronto Sun begins its editorial on Canada’s human rights commission industry when some good, old, plain truth:

Hurt feelings aside, the greatest human rights abusers in Canada are the human rights commissions and tribunals themselves.

It’s a power thing.

It’s not that difficult to explain to people that human rights commissions have very little to do with human rights (see Kathy Shaidle/Pete Vere’s Tyranny of Nice or Ezra Levant’s Shakedown). Rather the HRC industry is all about exercising power by punishing those who deviate from the officially sanctioned line on pet topics, notably gay rights (See Harley Price’s short essay “The Animal Farm Philosophy of HRCs”). And yet conservative politicians — the Conservatives federally, Tim Hudak in Ontario, and Wildrose in Alberta — have all reversed themselves on earlier opposition to human rights commissions. Instead they either ignore the issue or say they want to curb the supposed “abuses” of these government agencies. The problem is that the so-called abuses are what these HRCs are most concerned with today because real discrimination has practically ended; if they were not imposing restrictions on speech and monitoring people’s political thought, human rights commissions would have almost no reason to exist in 2011. HRCs now fight “hate” which is loosely defined as views at odds with the worldview of those who are employed by the human rights commission industry. As the Sun notes, “The left loves free speech as long as it does not allow any conservative thought, which is why it loves human rights commissions.” So the question is why are so-called conservative politicians not doing a thing about these bodies that are fundamentally anti-freedom? Is it because these politicians are not really conservatives and have no fundamental problem with the modern day statist liberalism?

For extensive coverage of Canada’s human rights commission industry, see The Interim archives.