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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

10/12/2004

Svend would be proud

Quebec's Human Rights Commission has ordered a used car salesman in Sorel to pay a gay man $1,000 for a derogatory comment made three years ago.

In 2001, Marcel Bardier told the man's travelling companion to keep an eye on him because he was a "fifi", a french word that equates to "fag".cbc
Well thank God he used a French perjorative otherwise he would have been in real trouble.

The really sad part of this is that I read this at the Volokh Conspiracy. Which comments,
Now, it's obviously not nice to call someone a "fifi." But when the State can punish individuals for "inappropriate" comments they make in private, noncommercial contexts, the slippery slope towards authoritarianism is steep indeed.
This must stop and stop immediately. part of stopping it will be to hold Harpers feet to the fire on the Canadian Human Rights Commission.