That was my suggestion to Steyn and co. when they first got “served” or “charged” or whatever by the Human Rights Commission.
And you know, as of today, I’d still be inclined to scrawl “bite me” on the notice, were I to get one, and mail it back to them.
After all, I’m thinking, the HRC aren’t the cops. They’re a bunch of bureaucrats, one step up from the City Hall department that issues my cat’s chip renewal — what are they gonna do if I’m late paying the fee? Send the hamster police to my house?
Let ’em get a search warrant if they want to take their little fight to the next round.
Well, turns out the HRCs get to skip that age-old step.
“Shirlene McGovern, or any other human rights officer, can come into my office whenever she thinks it’s reasonable, to ‘examine’ it. No search warrant necessary. She can even come into my home, if she gets a court order — but such a court order can be applied for and granted without notice to me. That’s the kind of ambush usually reserved for getting warrants to break in on crack houses.
“Again, without a warrant, she can take any documents I have, including on my computer.
“Oh, and section 24(1)(c) allows for such search and seize orders to be granted not just against me but anyone else who refuses to answer questions put by investigators like Shirlene McGovern.
“That’s the power of these commissions — before I’m even found ‘guilty’.
“Mackintosh says I was ‘invited to respond in person or in writing to the allegations.’ Indeed I was — with search warrants to enter my property and take my computer if I refused Mackintosh’s hospitality. I called these people fascist — I think they meet the definition of that stern term.”
My many American readers are shocked right now. “So, Canadians have no free speech, no guns and no protection from search & seizure?”