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Lorne Gunter

Regular columnist with The Edmonton Journal, and frequent contributor to the National Post, National Report, and other publications.


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Human rights commissions are the new Inquisitions. They will accept testimony in secret. They frequently flout standard rules of evidence. They often just declare what is in the minds of defendents. And they are a menace to true freedom for everyone, including gays.

Jun. 22, 2001 - from "The new Inquisitors take sides", published in The Edmonton Journal
I have come to revile human rights commissions. They are not the guardians of equity and the defenders of freedoms; they are side-takers and poke-noses, worming away at the very rights they were established to defend and exercising great power to change our laws on behalf of politically fashionable interest groups.

Jun. 22, 2001 - from "The new Inquisitors take sides", published in The Edmonton Journal
Reformers believe the people should be the sovereigns in a democracy, while Tories cringe at the thought of sharing national decision-making with their children’s nanny, their chauffeur and secretary.

from his column in the Edmonton Journal
... the embarrassing fact is that very few people are involved in the [United Nations movement towards a globally-powerful People's Assembly]. Believing in the nobility of their intentions, however, most [global] civil society actors are convinced they speak for 'the people'. Suffused with their own magnanimity, they justify their lack of a popular mandate by claiming their actions are what the people would choose for themselves if conservative governments and transnational corporations were not keeping the truth from the masses.

28-Aug-99 - from "Whose world is it, anyway?", published in the National Post newspaper
By preserving the state health care monopoly, Canadians are actually speeding the two-tiered system so many claim to dread. More and more thousands every year are slipping over the line into the States for faster and, increasingly often, better treatment. That truly is an option only the well-heeled can afford.

Dec. 21, 1999 - from his column in The Edmonton Journal
Where once sovereign states were skeptical of surrendering sovereignty, social democratic governments (and often the bureaucracies serving conservative ones), especially in the developed world, have begun using the [United Nations/non-governmental-organizations] nexus the way they use the courts: to effect changes to domestic public policy that would be difficult or impossible democratically. In other words, they use the UN and the NGOs to circumvent democracy.

28-Aug-99 - from "Whose world is it, anyway?", published in the National Post newspaper
[Re: the Canadian Supreme Court's reversal of its own two-month-old decision on Mi'kmaq fishing rights] Laws are meant to be greater than the men and women who write and administer them. Such a rule of law preserves individual rights and freedoms from the ideological fashion of the times, from the grasping government of the day and, in extreme cases, from tyrants. If our laws are merely what the Supreme Court say they are on any given day, subject to change without notice, then Canada has ceased to be a nation governed by laws and has become a nation governed by judicial fiat.

Nov. 21, 1999 - from his column in the Edmonton Journal
Stifling dissent and keeping secret its dealings with the United Nations are but two of the ways the Liberal government is using the international body and non-governmental organizations to engineer domestic and international policy.

Aug. 30, 1999 - from "Playing with the world's agenda", published in the National Post newspaper
The social union, largely negotiated away from the harsh light of public scrutiny, is nothing more than a political agreement... Witness the way it was sprung on Canadians full-grown. Having seen the last two efforts to alter profoundly the Canadian federation -- Meech and Charlottetown -- spin into the ground once the public had examined the details (and take several political careers with them), the leaders of Canada's 13 most senior governments chose to disguise their current effort as a simple federal-provincial cost-sharing agreement (Nothing of interest here citizens, please move along), and to reveal it only after the ink was dry (Too late folks; fait accompli).

Mar. 04, 1999 - from an essay for The Canadian Conservative Forum
There is a danger of sounding Milhousian any time one seeks to pin nefarious global ambitions on the United Nations or its supporters. So let's be clear up front: The black helicopter crowd is wrong. The UN and the [non-governmental organizations] are not conspiring with the Bilderbergers, under the supervision of the Masons and the Trilateral Commission, to enslave the globe. To be sure, there are plenty of globalist dreamers among the ranks of the NGOs. ... But why would NGO executives want to take over the world? The governments of the industrialized democracies, and in particular the government of Canada, have proven themselves enthusiastic partners, heavily subsidizing NGO activities and affording these organizations easy access to the corridors of power where national priorities are set.

Aug. 28, 1999 - from "Whose world is it, anyway?", published in the National Post newspaper
[Non-governmental organizations] There are as many as 17,000 of them worldwide. They consume billions of dollars each year from governments and foundations. They cluster around the United Nations and its agencies like moths to flames and influence the public policies of sovereign states, sometimes profoundly, without ever seeking elective office. They claim to be deeply committed to the Third World, yet fewer than 15% of them have their headquarters there. They also fancy themselves champions of the people against imperialist governments and multinational corporations, yet few people have ever heard of them, much less given them their blessing.

Aug. 28, 1999 - from "Whose world is it, anyway?", published in the National Post newspaper
Most [non-governmental organizations associated with the United Nations] are working to reduce the role of nations and expand that of the UN. In addition, they are pursuing the creation of a network of international organizations, such as their own, that parallels the existing UN framework, grants them a role in UN priority-setting and decision-making, and authorizes them to sit in judgement of national efforts to comply with UN directives, treaties and conventions. This they refer to as international 'civil society'.

28-Aug-99 - from "Whose world is it, anyway?", published in the National Post newspaper
If we are to remain a truly self-governing people, we must insist that the will of the people - our will - can only be overturned by our will.

Mar. 14, 2000 - from his column in The Edmonton Journal
At the beginning of [former prime minister Pierre] Trudeau's career in federal politics, Canada was a nation governed largely by consensus. By the end, it had been transformed into a nation where everything -- politics, relations between the sexes, individual rights, court decisions, and so on -- everything, was about politics: Who had the power, and who could use it to force their ideas upon all the others.

Oct. 1, 2000 - from his column in The Edmonton Journal
Ottawa spends millions annually subsidizing NGO [non-governmental organization] research on which provisions Canada should demand at [United Nations policy committees], an extraordinary sum considering NGO research often consists mostly of quoting the opinions of other NGOs, and being quoted by them, in a sort of circular celebration of non-proof.

Aug. 30, 1999 - from "Playing with the world's agenda", published in the National Post newspaper
Here's a little tip for politicians everywhere: If you find yourselves with more time than issues on your hands, go home. We promise, we'll love you just the same. ... If you can find nothing more important to do than banning the use of cell phones while driving or outlawing riding in the back of pick-ups, do nothing. Go home. Go back to your families, your businesses, your farms, the real world and stop thinking up ways to micromanage the lives of your constituents. We're grown-ups. We can take care of ourselves.

Dec. 19, 1999 - from his column in The Edmonton Journal
This fall, Canada must submit its regular, five-year report on its compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Despite widespread support for it among the international establishment, the convention is controversial since its provisions would appear to grant governments and international agencies the right to provide sex education, contraceptives, abortion counselling and abortions, and sexual orientation counselling to minor children, even if the children's parent object.

Aug. 30, 1999 - from "Playing with the world's agenda", published in the National Post newspaper