Policing Hurt Feelings

28 Oct 2011 Policing Hurt Feelings

The various Canadian human rights codes were not necessarily designed to protect hurt feelings of designated groups. The intention was to prevent a situation in which an person  was denied basic goods and services on the basis of some prejudice or another.

Yet we hear again and again from editorials critical of the rights racket that the Commissions and Tribunals are indeed prosecuting individuals and organizations for hurting the feelings of others, often without any intention to do so. How did this happen?

One case that is routinely cited to justify the expansion into policing hurt feelings is from the BC Human Rights Tribunal, which is well known for their liberal interpretations and habit of stretching definitions. In Radek vs Henderson Development (Canada) and Securigard Services, an aboriginal woman claims she was mistreated by security guards at a downtown Vancouver mall. Being aboriginal, she assumed that the treatment was because of her ancestry. The security guards denied the accusation of racism, insisting that their duties included keeping tabs on “borderline suspicious” persons.

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