Thanksgiving Victory! CHP vs. Hamilton
Dear members and supporters of the Christian Heritage Party: We always have much for which to give thanks! Our gracious Lord and Saviour has blessed us indeed with so many good things and continues to provide for our needs and to lead us in His paths of righteousness. I thank God for every one of you, for your faithfulness to the cause of righteousness.
Often we know we must persevere in spite of circumstances and trials, even when things go wrong and we face disappointment and hardship. In those days we will continue to praise Him and to trust Him for “things hoped for and not yet seen…” (Heb: 11:1) But occasionally we have a breakthrough and can celebrate and give thanks for a victory in the battle to redeem our culture. Yesterday we received such a breakthrough and we want you to know so we can give thanks together this Thanksgiving weekend for a wonderful victory in the judicial review case which our Ontario President, Jim Enos and our lawyer, Albertos Polizogopuolos have so diligently represented the CHP and all who believe in free speech. Below is our press release. We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
CHP vs. Hamilton: A Stunning Victory for Freedom of Political Expression
On Thursday October 4, the Christian Heritage Party (CHP Canada) won a strong decision in its dispute with the City of Hamilton over the removal of political advertising from bus shelters in the city. A Judicial Review panel ruled overwhelmingly in favour of the party whose paid advertising was removed by city staff on August 10, 2016.
The bus shelter ads which the party had contracted to run for one month simply asked the question: “Competing human rights: where is the justice?” and were posted as a challenge to the city’s pending policy which would allow biological males to access female washrooms, change rooms and showers.
The Judicial Review examined the timing of events and the lack of consideration by city staff for the freedom of expression traditionally allowed political parties. It was noted that city staff and administration failed to properly consult with the party or consider the intent and content of the ads. The city staff presumed a discriminatory bias which was not reflected in the ads which only showed the back of a person’s head (presumed to be male) wearing a ball cap and pushing open a door which said “Ladies’ Showers”. The obvious message was that all persons have rights and the right of women and girls to privacy in intimate public facilities should be considered as well as the demands of others.
This decision is a victory not only for CHP Canada but for all political parties. By this ruling, the panel has showed their support for the “competing human right” of freedom of speech in Canada. The Christian Heritage Party would like to express our thankfulness on this Thanksgiving weekend for a just decision which has bolstered our confidence in the judicial process.
We would like to thank our lawyer, Mr. Albertos Polizogopoulos for his conscientious and diligent efforts on our behalf and on behalf of all freedom- and truth-loving Canadians. We thank all who stood by us during the lengthy judicial review.
CHP Ontario President, Mr. Jim Enos of Hamilton, is prepared to discuss this ruling and its implications and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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