Canada May Fine Me $42,000

Via Steven Green at Instapundit, comes this story of a comedian getting fined $42,000 by Canada for telling a joke:

Canadian comedian Mike Ward was fined a whopping $42,000 by Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal for jokes he made about a disabled boy.

The child, Jérémy Gabriel, who suffers from Treacher Collins Syndrome, is a bit of a national celebrity in Canada after he sung for the pope in 2006 essentially because everyone thought he did not have long to live. Ward’s joke was a rant about how the child was supposed to die, that he “stole a wish” and is unkillable.

Hmm, I believe I have made this same joke about Keith Richards at least a hundred times in the context of messing up my dead pools.  I better not travel to Canada.


  1. Maddog:

    Talk of tightly wound bloomers!!! Mon Dieu!

  2. ErikTheRed:

    Every time you smoke a cigarette, an hour of your life is taken from you and given to Keith Richards. This is the only explanation that makes sense.

  3. J_W_W:

    This is why the First Amendment is so God damned important.

    And why anyone's attempts to erode it should be met with abject scorn.

  4. jdgalt:

    President Obama could generate some serious goodwill by offering political asylum to Mike Ward.

  5. joe:

    You will have it with Hillary - just look at Stevens dissent in CU, same with his dissent in mcdonald and dissent in heller

  6. steve:

    I bet the kid doesn't even get any of the money.

  7. klgmac:

    I was going to rebut that Keith Richards isn't disabled, but I don't know, there's something going on there.

  8. Corky Boyd:

    Do they have jury trials in Canada? Common, decent Canadians can laugh at a joke. The thought police can't. Just ask Mark Steyn about his battles with the Canadian human rights commission.