Human rights commission bad

A successful society, which is a rare condition both today and in human history, must be judged to be a superior society.

Certainly Cayman is such a successful society and enjoys the respect, above any other Caribbean nation, of both Canada and the US.

That is not to say that either Canada or the US are paragons of virtue. Clearly, serious mistakes have been made in both nations during the last 200 years.

However, it must be noted that our friends in the US have not made the ghastly mistake that Canada has in regard to the creation of so-called human rights commissions.

These commissions were basically created to simply look at matters regarding discrimination in housing and employment. However, no such bureaucracy can long resist expanding their mandate to get involved in matters that really do not concern them, but do seriously affect the basic civil liberties of citizens.

This has now happened in Canada with the brazen attempt of the human rights commission to gut the Canadian Charter of Rights as regards free speech. As a result, a motion is before Parliament to amend the human rights act to ensure that the bureaucrats do no meddle with the basic rights of Canadians.

Such meddling, by so-called human rights bureaucrats has, obviously become a problem in all countries that unwisely created such human rights commissions.

Why, on earth, would the sensible and respected people of Cayman want to become involved with such an unsuccessful concept as the creation of a so-called human rights commission?

Is this some kind of bizarre plan to create employment for lazy bureaucrats?

If not, what else is it?

Patrick West, Sc.D.
Toronto