New pre­mier brings back hu­man rights com­mis­sion

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

British Co­lum­bia’s NDP gov­ern­ment is bring­ing back the prov­ince’s hu­man rights com­mis­sion, which was scut­tled by the pre­vi­ous Lib­eral regime in 2002. B.C. is the only prov­ince with­out a com­mis­sion and in­stead re­lies on a tri­bunal which re­ceives and hears com­plaints but is not able to do any proac­tive work. Pre­mier John Hor­gan says re-es­tab­lish­ing the com­mis­sion will cre­ate a more in­clu­sive and just so­ci­ety that pre­vents dis­crim­i­na­tion on the ba­sis of race, re­li­gion, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and gen­der iden­tity. At­tor­ney Gen­eral David Eby says the com­mis­sion will ed­u­cate, reach out, and take proac­tive steps to ad­dress sys­temic in­equal­i­ties.

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