Human rights tribunal dismisses complaint about nude painting of Harper
A complaint filed over a painting of Stephen Harper in
the buff has been dismissed.
The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruled it has no jurisdiction to
hear the complaint against the Kingston Frontenac Public Library for
displaying the nude depiction of the prime minister.
Curtis Stewart of St. Albert, Alberta filed the complaint arguing
his rights were infringed when the library displayed the painting at
an art show.
The painting, titled Emperor Haute Couture, got a lot of media
attention when it was unveiled last May.
It shows a smiling, unclothed Harper reclined on a chaise lounge
with a woman in business attire offering him a Tim Hortons cup on a
Kingston, Ontario-based artist Margaret Sutherland says her
painting is supposed to convey her discontent with the Harper
It has since been sold to an unnamed private buyer for
(The Canadian Press)