Just how bad does it have to get before the government stops saying that the CHRC follows “procedures specified by the law”? We’ve got the Privacy Commissioner and the RCMP investigating now. What does it take to get the government’s attention — a NATO airstrike?
And how about the claim that the government is “monitoring” the CHRC to ensure that it “remains effective”. Effective at what? Hacking Internet accounts? Shredding their records and deleting their hard drives? Staying out of jail? What exactly about the CHRC’s conduct could be called “effective”?
Until two weeks ago, the Conservative government had plausible deniability about the CHRC’s corruption. But not any longer. The Justice Department’s 50-page defence of the CHRC’s prosecutions under section 13 moved the government from “neutral” into the “pro-CHRC” camp. That was bad policy. And now an RCMP investigation means the government has to do much more than just defend a bad law — it means it has to defend a scandal. That’s bad politics.
The investigation concerns the “drive by wi-fi” incident I wrote about for Pajamas Media.