“I Have a File”

June 22nd, 2009

J. Edgar Hoover had a file too. Here’s a hard and fast rule of 1930-60’s America, don’t piss of J. Edgar or you’ll find yourself with a file. Fast forward to Canada, 2009, and discover another bureaucrat who keeps files: Canadian Human Rights commissioner Jennifer Lynch:

Please, please, look. We have experienced 16 months of invective hurled at us, and at any time when anybody has tried to speak up and correct misinformation, gross distortions, caricaturizations,[sic] then the very next day there’s been some full-frontal assault through the blogs, through mainstream media. I have a file. I’m sure I have 1,200, certainly several hundred of these things.

Twelve-hundred files. On whom? may we ask. Bloggers who speak ill of your institution? Ezra Levant? Mark Steyn? No doubt all of the above, but here’s a question for you Jennifer, do you have a file on Warren Kinsella, defender of the HRC’s? But of course, they’re her files, and she being a mere public servant, none of my business.

Of course, Ms. Lynch says so much more, including defending her job:

I’m a public servant responsible for giving effect to the principle that ‘individuals should have the right equal to others to make for themselves a life they are able and wish to have,’ and I’m going to do it.

I always like to pull out the old UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights which, when people like Jennifer Lynch want to debate these things always seems like a good place to start. Oh, and speaking of starting, here’s something from the second paragraph of the Preamble, you don’t get much more basic human rights than that which appears in the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human rights:

…the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief

I searched in vain, by the way, for any reference to the “right equal to others to make for themselves a life they are able and wish to have,” whatever that actually means.

At the end of the day, that’s what this fight is about, everybody’s right to speak and think freely, without intimidation from some government lackey, whether in the form of hauling your sorry self before a tribunal, or just keeping a file on you.

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  1. robins111
    June 22nd, 2009 at 11:42 | #1

    Boy, oh boy is this article ever got people cranked up at the comments section of the NP.

    across the political spectrum. I guess it was the 1200 list that did it.

  2. June 22nd, 2009 at 11:46 | #2

    Yea, my ass is a little sore from falling off my chair after reading that.

  3. MrEd
    June 22nd, 2009 at 13:45 | #3

    So can I know if I’m on the list please Jennifer??? I have a basic human right to know if you’re keeping a file on me… oh wait, their her files??? But what is she doing gathering informaion from her job to keep personally separate from work…. isn’t that kind of both unethical and slightly illegal… If she is a public servant then we as tax payers are paying patr of her salary to creat this list or 1200 files… therefore one of 2 things…. either she get’s turfed for using her position of authority to illegally generate her personal list or she should have to reviel the list…

    I wonder how many non Cristians or should I more PC and simply say which religious and ethnic gruops it will contain and will it be catagorized or sortable by these???? HMMM….that wouldn’t be very PC there Jen now would it…..better start the shreaders now Jen cause the SH!T’s about to hit the fan over that doozy…

    hmmmm… I wonder… will my non-PC comment get me on her list

  4. gerry
    June 22nd, 2009 at 16:53 | #4

    parliament should call her and her files in. Incredible and yet it shows her stupidity to confess that she has an enemy’s list. Is there a possibility of a freedom of information request here?

  5. June 22nd, 2009 at 18:15 | #5

    Gerry – a great idea. Have you ever done one? How specific does it need to be?

    I’m gonna do a little research tonight and hey, for five bucks, I’d love to see those files.

  6. June 23rd, 2009 at 10:08 | #6

    Yes Gerry you may make an Access to Information request, details here:


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