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Apologize to Jian Ghomeshi for violating his charter rights, and re-instate him in his job as host of Q.

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Here in Canada, "freedom of association" is one of our officially protected charter rights, and terminating someone's employment based on an association they may or may not have in their private lives is a violation of that right.  (See Charter, section 2.d:  http://www.randolfrichardson.com/freedom.html )

It was reported that Jian Ghomeshi's employment was terminated, according to The Toronto Star ( http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/10/27/jian_ghomeshi_filed_55m_lawsuit_against_cbc.html ), not because CBC “was concerned about whether Mr. Ghomeshi’s sex practises where consensual; rather, his employment was terminated because of the CBC’s concern about the possible negative public perception should the fact that Mr. Ghomeshi engaged in BDSM became public ...”

In addition to the violation of Jian Ghomeshi's charter right, using any individual's unrelated private associations as justification for termianting their employment is unprofessional, and in this case I am concerned that it is likely to create a "negative public perception" internationally about Canadian employment standards.

Please sign this petition to assure the world that our constitutionally protected Charter of Rights and Freedoms are important, and that Jian Ghomeshi's professional contributions in his role as the host of Q are valued as intellectually relevant to Canada.

 



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