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Sunday, November 23, 2008

MP Martin calls for review of the CHRA, CHRC and its tribunal

Liberal MP Keith Martin introduced new private members’ motions to replace and expand on the one that did not get voted on in the last session of parliament. Mr. Martin represents British Columbia’s federal riding, Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca

martin Mr. Martin’s introduced two motions designated as M-153 and M-156. M-153 states:

quote-left-red-beige-bgThat, in the opinion of the House, subsection 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act should be deleted from the Act.quote-right-red-beige-bg

M-153 is a direct replacement for his previous motion that died with the last session of parliament. This time, however, with M-156 Mr. Martin goes further by calling for a public review of the human rights act and the commission that administers it. M-156 states:

quote-left-red-beige-bgThat, in the opinion of the House, the government should hold public hearings as part of a review of the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and its tribunal.quote-right-red-beige-bg

These motions along with the Conservative Party’s grass roots voting recently to curtail use of Section 13 (1) of the CHRA as a way to control free expression in Canada, the pressure is mounting on the government to act.

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