Ottawa Citizen

PSAC attacks closing of 3 agency offices

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Canada’s largest federal union is calling the Harper government’s decision to close three Canadian Human Rights Commission’s offices an attack on human rights and women’s groups. The Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents CHRC workers, says closing offices in Toronto, Halifax and Vancouver, will make it harder for Canadians facing discrimina­tion, especially for new immigrants and racial minorities, to file complaints. The three offices accounted for 70 per cent of all signed complaints. PSAC President John Gordon said the closure is part of the government’s strategy to “destabiliz­e” human rights groups.

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