Human rights commission tosses out Maclean’s complaint

The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has dismissed the complaint against Maclean’s magazine and Mark Steyn. The complaint was launched by the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) over Steyn’s article “The Future Belongs to Islam.”

The CIC is still awaiting a decision on the same issue from the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, which recently heard the complaint.

In a statement after the CHRC decision, Maclean’s said

Though gratified by the decision, Maclean’s continues to assert that no human rights commission, whether at the federal or provincial level, has the mandate or the expertise to monitor, inquire into, or assess the editorial decisions of the nation’s media. And we continue to have grave concerns about a system of complaint and adjudication that allows a media outlet to be pursued in multiple jurisdictions on the same complaint, brought by the same complainants, subjecting it to costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars, to say nothing of the inconvenience. We enthusiastically support those parliamentarians who are calling for legislative review of the commissions with regard to speech issues.

Mark Steyn reacts to the decision here and activist Ezra Levant comments here