Sunday, October 26, 2008

Individual Freedom and the Common Good

Randy Barnett

David Frum
Tom Bateman and Ran Hirshl

       Albert Koehl and Ramani Nadarajah

Elizabeth Brubaker
                                                                      Eugene Meyer
                                                             John Carpay

 I attended the second annual conference of the Canadian Constitution Foundation.  It was called Individual Freedom and the Common Good :Defining Human Rights in a Free Society. It took place in Toronto. It was a wonderful three days discussing freedom.
 The three keynote speakers were excellent. David Frum  gave an analysis of the Canadian Constitution. Eugene Meyer of the Federalist society, talked about that great organization has changed the debate in American legal circles. Professor Randy Burnett  talked about how the US and Canadian Supremes confer rights.
Elizabeth Brubaker defended property rights in defense if the environment. One of her statist opponents Albert Koehl of EcoJustice told of his organization's ( and others) lawsuit against HM Government vis a vis the Kyoto bill passed by the opposition. It was recently dismissed.
During the aborignal rights panel, I asked if the reserves could be split up and the land be given title to the individual members. I don't think the panel understood.
THe two of the other very interesting panels were the debate on the hrcs and judicial activism.
I even got to tell a lawyer for the Federal hrc that section 13a should be abolished and Alan Borovy said that as well!

The judicial activism panel was very interesting. The nature of that activism and whether there is activism was explored. Indeed one of the panelists, said the left felt there was right wing judicial activism in the past.
The papers and vidoes will be posted in the weeks to come and I will post them.

 It was also a chance to see old friends like Gerry Nicholls and make new ones like Mark and Connie Fournier of Free Dominion.

Here are a few clips to give you a taste of some of the conference
Here is a clip of Alan Borovoy.

Here is some of the reply from Philippe Dufresne of the federal Human Rights commission.

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