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Ian Brodie
Political scientist, author

Judges and their junior siblings at the country's human rights commissions may, from time to time, strike a blow for smaller government. But usually they're busy expanding government: giving federal civil servants multi-billion-dollar pay increases under the rubric of pay equity; telling religious institutions in Alberta that they must justify their hiring decisions to human rights tribunals; investigating what newspapers and magazines try to publish. Judicial activism and human rights commission proceedings may offer up the odd decision to warm the heart of liberal democrats. But they're more often busy building government rather than shrinking it.

Jun. 26, 1999 - letter in The National Post