How Our Government Is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights

Book - 2009
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Winner of the Writer's Trust of Canada / Samara's - Best Canadian Political Book of the Last 25 Years

Part memoir, part investigative journalism, this is a shocking and controversial look at the corruption of Canada's human rights commissions.

"On January 11, 2008, I was summoned to a 90-minute government interrogation. My crime? As the publisher of Western Standard magazine, I had reprinted the Danish cartoons of Mohammed to illustrate a news story. I was charged with the offence of "discrimination," and made to appear before Alberta's "human rights commission" for questioning. As crazy as it sounds, I became the only person in the world to face legal sanction for printing those cartoons."

As a result of this highly publicized event, Ezra Levant began investigating other instances in which innocent people have had their freedoms compromised by bureaucrats presuming to protect Canadians' human rights. He discovered some disturbing and even bizarre cases, such as the tribunal ruling that an employee at a McDonald' s restaurant in Vancouver did not have to wash her hands at work. And the human rights complaint filed by a Calgary hair stylist against the women at a salon school who called him a "loser." In another case that seemed stranger than fiction, an emotionally unstable transvestite fought for - and won - the right to counsel female rape victims, despite the anguished pleas of those same traumatized victims. Human rights commissions now monitor political opinions, fine people for expressing politically incorrect viewpoints, censor websites, and even ban people, permanently, from saying certain things.

The book is a result of Levant's ordeal and the research it inspired. It shows how our concept of human rights has morphed into something dangerous and drastically different from its original meaning. Shakedown is a convincing plea to Canadians to reclaim their basic liberties.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2009.
ISBN: 9780771046186
Characteristics: xv, 216 p. ;,23 cm.
Alternative Title: Shake down


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Aug 15, 2018

A must-read for all Canadians. No one should graduate high school without a basic understanding residential tenancy law and the difference between 'human rights' litigated at HRC kangaroo courts and actual legally protected rights decided by real courts of law. A revelation regarding what has become a hugely profitable industry for the public service of Stalinesque show trials that actually remove legal rights under a guise of virtue. Also explains the insidious imposition of sharia creep utterly at odds with Canadian common law, the unwelcome gift of an unelected United Nations and the 57 Muslim countries represented by the Saudi-funded OIC.

Aug 04, 2016

“Go figure! Ezra Levant, the Pied Piper of right-wing-nuttery, has the mainstream media singing his tune!”
by David Climenhaga, posted February 17, 2016, at Alberta Politics Media
“Ezra Levant: the conservative cause’s useful idiot – In another life the Sun News loudmouth might be wandering the streets with a sandwich board warning of creeping Jihad, but in these twisted times he makes a loyal huckster for Harper’s mission”
by Enzo Dimatteo, posted November 17, 2014, at Toronto Now

Mar 29, 2016

One could argue that in 2016 this book has become irrelevant. After all, the Harper government eliminated Section 13 of the CHRA - an accomplishment that they should have bragged about on the campaign trail. But since this book's publication, the "hate crimes" section has been upheld by a left-wing judge (although the financial penalties section was scrapped). This means that any future government could easily bring back these undemocratic and anti-free speech laws, which Ezra Levant eloquently argues against. And don't be fooled - the pond scum mentioned in Shakedown have simply bided their time - waiting for their ultimate wet dream in the form of a substitute drama teacher to assume power. Given his prior statements, I'm sure little Justin would love to prosecute "hate speech" (read: free speech that liberals don't like) cases so no one's feelings get hurt. So if you haven't already, read this book and see what the future may have in store. On a side note: while I agree with Ezra 90% of the time, his argument that "human rights" commissions were originally created for the right reasons is utterly false. In regards to so-called fair housing and employment discrimination, it is no one's business who a private company hires or who they service unless they are a monopoly supplier. Likewise, it is not the government's job to bring "diversity" to a neighbourhood that doesn't want it.

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