Musings —03.11.2016 08:44 AM—
As most of you know, some of us have been speaking out against the decision of Canada Post to take money to distribute the racist, homophobic, Holocaust-denying Hitlerite rag, Your Ward News. I’ve written extensively about their content – here and here and here – and my brother Richard Warman is now going after them legally. Me too.
Yesterday, Judy Foote – the minister responsible for Canada Post, and the minister who hasn’t stopped Holocaust denial from landing in tens of thousands of Toronto-area mailboxes – appeared before a Parliamentary committee. She was asked about Your Ward News by former cabinet minister Steven Blaney.
Here’s Liz Thompson’s account in iPolitics:
During her testimony, Foote was also questioned on another thorny issue involving Canada Post and controversial mailings of a publication entitled “Your Ward News.” Critics of the publication have accused it of publishing material that promotes Holocaust denial, racism, homophobia and sexual assault.
“I am aware of the situation and I too have issues with the information that is being distributed – so much so that we have asked for a legal opinion on the content to see if there is any criminal aspect to it. I am concerned about the content.”
“We have talked to Canada Post and my understanding is that there was an incident where they had where they had legal advice and there wasn’t an issue that would have them withdraw it. But now that there is another piece of literature that is being disseminated, there are concerns. I too have concerns with it and we have asked for a legal opinion”
She gave that answer yesterday afternoon. I find that timing interesting.
Here’s why: at 9:26 a.m. yesterday, six hours before Foote appeared before the committee – and long enough for Canada Post to have briefed her, because Canada Post was on the agenda at committee – Canada Post’s “Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary” issued a letter in which he stated that Canada Post had rendered all of the “legal opinions” on Your Ward News they were going to render. And they had decided, yet again, to do nothing.
So, I’m curious: did Canada Post deliberately withhold that information from their own minister? Or did Foote tell the committee something that was, put charitably, factually incorrect?
Confused? Me too:
- Foote says “another piece of literature” (it’s not literature, it’s hate propaganda, Judy) is still actively being reviewed by Canada Post’s crackerjack legal team – to wit, “we have asked for a legal opinion.” She’s on the case!
- Canada Post’s crackerjack legal team, however, has said in a letter that it has reviewed all that it is going to review – to wit, “it is a matter for the Courts decide, not Canada Post.” That is, they’ve washed their hands of it. They’re not reviewing anything.
So who is telling the truth? A legal review is happening, or no one is reviewing anything, legally or otherwise? Which is it?
This case gets curiouser and curiouser.
I can tell you one thing: Richard and me – and many others – are not going to let this go. We don’t give a damn who the government is.