Pat Pimm says we don't need the Charter – Video

The Victoria Times Colonist is running a story this morning, based on what it says, was a recent speech in the legislature, by North Peace MLA Pat Pimm.

It claims he put forward his reasons for wanting to scrap the countries Charter of Rights. It quotes the Lower Langdale Tattler, what it calls an irregular publication of NDP MLA Nicholas Simons, as reporting that Mr. Pimm said for 99 per cent of the people out there, the document doesn’t even need to exist.

Below is the full quote from Pat Pimm’s speech, "I just don’t think it’s a good document whatsoever myself," Pimm said in the legislature.  For 99 per cent of the people out there, that document doesn’t even need to exist, first off. It’s only about one per cent or two per cent of the people that it’s even developed for, and it’s to keep the lawyers and the judges and everybody working to support the system."

The quote comes from a speech Pimm gave during a legislative debate on a bill to deny welfare to people found outstanding arrest warrants.

The story goes on to suggest, the local MLA indicated the charter’s the primary beneficiaries, are the lawyers, judges and everybody working to support the system and it speculates many of his constituents likely share his views.

The newspaper article adds those views are alarming and suggest he’s a lot more comfortable with government intrusions, into the private lives of citizens, than he should be.

However, it goes on to say… it’s refreshing to have a new MLA, who isn’t sticking to a script, crafted by communication staff and it credits Mr. Pimm for apparently being willing to say what he thinks, even if it’s not in line with party policy.

 The video below was taken from the BC Legislature on October 29th, 2009.