April 29, 1999
Harnick reneged on Zündel
I WAS pleased to read that Charles
Harnick has decided not to run in the
next provincial election (CJN, April 9).
He touts all of his achievements as
attorney-general from 1995 to now, but
leaves out one very important failure that
directly affects the Jewish community, as
it does all people scarred by racism.
While in opposition from 1990-95,
Harnick was the Tory critic for the
attorney-general. Among the things he
criticized was the attorney-general's
inaction against Ernst Zündel.
The provincial attorney-general has the
sole responsibility and authority to
permit the police to lay a charge under
Canada's anti-hate legislation, which has
twice been found constitutional by the
Supreme Court in other cases.
During the 1995 election campaign,
Harnick issued at least one piece of
literature (delivered to my house) that
said he would press the government to
bring Zündel to trial under this law,
instead of the "false news" law that, on
appeal by Zündel, had been found
unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
Having been made the attorney-general, and
no longer just an opposition critic,
Harnick reneged on his position and his
promise. He has done just what his
predecessors did -- nothing.