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Moosa Jiwaji has some 'splainin' to do. Apparently starting with the organization which he serves as one of its commissioners.

In the wake of Jiwaji's astounding ruling that the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) may not apply its competency-testing exams to foreign-trained engineers, Sun News' Ezra Levant did some digging into Jiwaji's Twitter activity. What he found was not flattering.

Among other things, Jiwaji insisted that Kenya should use DNA testing to determine who was a foreigner living in Kenya using fake documents. Jiwaji deleted his account shortly after his comments were highlighted by Levant.

Now the Alberta Human Rights Commission has accepted a complaint against one of its own commissioners. That's right. The AHRC has effectively agreed to investigate itself.

Government institutions have a far-from-sterling record in investigating themselves, particularly institutions as blatantly self-indulgent as any one of Canada's Human Rights Commissions.

For the Alberta Human Rights Commission, the stakes are breathtakingly high. Even if they restrain themselves from actually punishing Jiwaji -- for no less than the AHRC has punished individuals in the past, no less -- they cannot realistically rule against him without admitting that they've harboured in their midst what the commission was created to oppose. But if they decline to rule against him at all, they'll essentially be admitting a double standard within the organization itself.

Moosa Jiwaji could end up being a bigger embarrassment to a Human Rights Commission than Richard Warman. That's one heckuva feat.



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