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"With the defenses of parliamentary privilege and of truth disallowed, Justice Minister and Attorney General Irwin Cotler would become, in effect, Canada's first Parliamentary Censor." — Lubomyr Prytulak


On 27-Oct-2004, the following (formatted to fit a 4x6 inch postcard) was mailed to each of the 308 members of the Canadian Parliament:


Irwin Cotler
IRWIN COTLER FOR PARLIAMENTARY CENSOR?
VOTE NO

The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) usurped parliamentary authority by gratuitously disallowing the truth defense, as explained at  www.ukar.org/martin/martin18.html

Now the CHRC attempts to usurp parliamentary authority a second time by disallowing the parliamentary immunity defense:  "It was clear to me that the Canadian Human Rights Act, which is quasi-constitutional legislation and which prohibits discrimination on a variety of grounds including race and religion, trumps issues of privilege of the House of Commons." — Irwin Cotler The Hill Times 25-Oct-2004

Disallowing the parliamentary immunity defense when the complaint is discrimination in parliamentary hiring throws the door wide open to disallowing the parliamentary immunity defense when the complaint is discrimination in parliamentary speech.  What can be expected next, then, is the CHRC viewing parliamentary debate as subject to its jurisdiction.  With the defenses of parliamentary privilege and of truth disallowed, Justice Minister and Attorney General Irwin Cotler would become, in effect, Canada's first Parliamentary Censor.

Please preserve Canadian freedoms.  Legislate the CHRC to allow the truth defense.  Prohibit the CHRC encroaching on parliamentary privilege.  Remind the CHRC and the courts that legislative authority resides in the legislature.



The address mailed to was:

House of Commons
Parliament Buildings
Ottawa ON  K1A 0A6

The 308 Parliamentarians were:

Jim Abbott;  Diane Ablonczy;  Hon. Peter Adams;  Hon. Reg Alcock;  Dean Allison;  Rona Ambrose;  Rob Anders;  Hon. David Anderson;  David Anderson;  Guy André;  Charlie Angus;  Gérard Asselin;  Hon. Jean Augustine;  Claude Bachand;  Hon. Larry Bagnell;  Navdeep Bains;  Hon. Eleni Bakopanos;  Hon. Sue Barnes;  Dave Batters;  Colleen Beaumier;  Hon. Mauril Bélanger;  Don Bell;  André Bellavance;  Hon. Carolyn Bennett;  Leon Benoit;  Stéphane Bergeron;  Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua;  James Bezan;  Bernard Bigras;  Hon. Bill Blaikie;  Raynald Blais;  Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew;  Alain Boire;  Françoise Boivin;  Raymond Bonin;  France Bonsant;  Ken Boshcoff;  Robert Bouchard;  Hon. Don Boudria;  Marc Boulianne;  Diane Bourgeois;  Hon. Claudette Bradshaw;  Garry Breitkreuz;  Hon. Scott Brison;  Hon. Ed Broadbent;  Gord Brown;  Bonnie Brown;  Paule Brunelle;  Hon. Sarmite Bulte;  Hon. Gerry Byrne;  Chuck Cadman;  John Cannis;  Serge Cardin;  Gary Carr;  Colin Carrie;  Robert Carrier;  Hon. Aileen Carroll;  Bill Casey;  Rick Casson;  Marlene Catterall;  Hon. Brenda Chamberlain;  Hon. Raymond Chan;  David Chatters;  Michael Chong;  David Christopherson;  Roger Clavet;  Bernard Cleary;  Hon. Denis Coderre;  Joe Comartin;  Hon. Joe Comuzzi;  Guy Côté;  Hon. Irwin Cotler;  Paul Crête;  Jean Crowder;  Nathan Cullen;  Hon. Roy Cullen;  John Cummins;  Rodger Cuzner;  Jean-Claude D'Amours;  Libby Davies;  Stockwell Day;  Nicole Demers;  Johanne Deschamps;  Bev Desjarlais;  Odina Desrochers;  Paul Hon. DeVillers;  Barry Devolin;  Ruby Dhalla;  Hon. Stéphane Dion;  Hon. Ujjal Dosanjh;  Norman Doyle;  Hon. Claude Drouin;  Hon. Ken Dryden;  Gilles Duceppe;  John Duncan;  Hon. Wayne Easter;  Hon. R. John Efford;  Hon. David Emerson;  Ken Epp;  Hon. Mark Eyking;  Meili Faille;  Diane Finley;  Brian Fitzpatrick;  Steven Fletcher;  Raymonde Folco;  Hon. Joe Fontana;  Paul Forseth;  Hon. Liza Frulla;  Hon. Hedy Fry;  Marcel Gagnon;  Sébastien Gagnon;  Christiane Gagnon;  Cheryl Gallant;  Hon. Roger Gallaway;  Roger Gaudet;  Michel Gauthier;  Marc Godbout;  Hon. John Godfrey;  Yvon Godin;  Peter Goldring;  Hon. Ralph Goodale;  Gary Goodyear;  Jim Gouk;  Hon. Bill Graham;  Gurmant Grewal;  Nina Grewal;  Hon. Albina Guarnieri;  Monique Guay;  Helena Guergis;  Michel Guimond;  Art Hanger;  Hon. Stephen Harper;  Richard Harris;  Jeremy Harrison;  Loyola Hearn;  Russ Hiebert;  Jay Hill;  Betty Hinton;  Mark Holland;  Charles Hubbard;  Hon. Tony Ianno;  Rahim Jaffer;  Brian Jean;  Hon. Marlene Jennings;  Dale Johnston;  Peter Julian;  Susan Kadis;  Randy Kamp;  Nancy Karetak-Lindell;  Hon. Jim Karygiannis;  Gerald Keddy;  Jason Kenney;  Wajid Khan;  Hon. David Kilgour;  Ed Komarnicki;  Maka Kotto;  Daryl Kramp;  Mario Laframboise;  Francine Lalonde;  Hon. Jean Lapierre;  Réal Lapierre;  Hon. Walt Lastewka;  Guy Lauzon;  Carole Lavallée;  Jack Layton;  Hon. Dominic LeBlanc;  Derek Lee;  Marc Lemay;  Yves Lessard;  Yvon Lévesque;  Hon. Judi Longfield;  Yvan Loubier;  Tom Lukiwski;  Gary Lunn;  James Lunney;  Hon. Lawrence MacAulay;  Peter MacKay;  Dave MacKenzie;  Hon. Paul Harold Macklin;  Hon. Gurbax Malhi;  John Maloney;  Richard Marceau;  Inky Mark;  Hon. Diane Marleau;  Right Hon. Paul Martin;  Pat Martin;  Hon. Keith Martin;  Tony Martin;  Brian Masse;  Bill Matthews;  Hon. John McCallum;  Alexa McDonough;  David McGuinty;  Hon. Joe McGuire;  Hon. John McKay;  Hon. Anne McLellan;  Hon. Dan McTeague;  Réal Ménard;  Serge Ménard;  Ted Menzies;  Rob Merrifield;  Larry Miller;  Hon. Peter Milliken;  Bob Mills;  Hon. Maria Minna;  Hon. Andy Mitchell;  James Moore;  Rob Moore;  Hon. Shawn Murphy;  Lynn Myers;  Anita Neville;  Hon. Rob Nicholson;  Pat O'Brien;  Lawrence O'Brien;  Gordon O'Connor;  Deepak Obhrai;  Bev Oda;  Stephen Hon. Owen;  Massimo Pacetti;  Brian Pallister;  Pierre Paquette;  Hon. Denis Paradis;  Carolyn Parrish;  Bernard Patry;  Charlie Penson;  Gilles-A. Perron;  Hon. Jim Peterson;  Hon. Pierre Pettigrew;  Beth Phinney;  Pauline Picard;  Hon. Jerry Pickard;  Louis Plamondon;  Pierre Poilievre;  Denise Poirier-Rivard;  Russ Powers;  Jim Prentice;  Joe Preston;  Marcel Proulx;  James Rajotte;  Yasmin Ratansi;  Hon. Karen Redman;  Hon. Geoff Regan;  Scott Reid;  John Reynolds;  Lee Richardson;  Gerry Ritz;  Hon. Lucienne Robillard;  Pablo Rodriguez;  Anthony Rota;  Jean-Yves Roy;  Hon. Jacques Saada;  Benoît Sauvageau;  Michael Savage;  Andy Savoy;  Francis Scarpaleggia;  Andrew Scheer;  Gary Schellenberger;  Werner Schmidt;  Hon. Andy Scott;  Hon. Judy Sgro;  Bill Siksay;  Mario Silva;  Hon. Raymond Simard;  Christian Simard;  Scott Simms;  Carol Skelton;  David Smith;  Joy Smith;  Monte Solberg;  Kevin Sorenson;  Caroline St-Hilaire;  Lloyd St. Amand;  Brent St. Denis;  Paul Steckle;  Darrel Stinson;  Peter Stoffer;  Chuck Strahl;  Belinda Stronach;  Paul Szabo;  Hon. Andrew Telegdi;  Lui Temelkovski;  Louise Thibault;  Hon. Robert Thibault;  Myron Thompson;  Greg Thompson;  David Tilson;  Vic Toews;  Alan Tonks;  Hon. Paddy Torsney;  Bradley Trost;  Merv Tweed;  Rose-Marie Ur;  Hon. Tony Valeri;  Roger Valley;  Peter Van Loan;  Maurice Vellacott;  Robert Vincent;  Hon. Joseph Volpe;  Tom Wappel;  Mark Warawa;  Judy Wasylycia-Leis;  Jeff Watson;  Randy White;  Hon. Bryon Wilfert;  John Williams;  Borys Wrzesnewskyj;  Lynne Yelich;  Paul Zed.


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