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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Alberta appoints new Human Rights Chief Commissioner

The Alberta government has named Blair Mason as Chief Commissioner of the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission. He will assume this new role on March 1.

“David Blair Mason, Q.C. has led a very impressive legal career, with experiences that make him an outstanding choice to lead our province’s Human Rights and Citizenship Commission,” said Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit.

Mason received his legal training and law degree at the University of Alberta. He has served as an agent for the provincial attorney general’s office, and has sat on the Alberta Board of Industrial Relations and the Public Service Employee Relations Board of Alberta. He was called to the Court of Queen’s Bench in 1985, and was appointed a supernumerary judge in 2001.
“I am looking forward to working with Blair Mason to ensure the Commission continues to meet the priorities and needs of our changing population,” continued Blackett. “I would also like to thank Brenda Scragg for assuming the role of Acting Chief Commissioner during the recruitment process.”

The Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission has a two-fold mandate: to foster equality and reduce discrimination. It fulfills this mandate through public education initiatives and the resolution and settlement of complaints of discrimination. The Commission has a full time chief commissioner and six part time commissioners, appointed by order in council. The Chief Commissioner is responsible for keeping the Minister informed on human rights issues, setting the overall goals of the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission and providing the commissioners and director with guidance regarding these goals.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on February 4, 2009 | Permalink


Great! Another #&%@!*% lawyer on the government payroll. Just what we need...

Posted by: JC | 2009-02-04 2:58:37 PM

How much money would Alberta taxpayers save if they eliminated this commission? In tough fiscal times, wouldn't it make sense to put all these commissions and their budgets on the chopping block?

Posted by: David | 2009-02-04 3:10:05 PM

So the Alberta government has learned nothing and continues to play the shell game. Moving around the players or adding new ones changes nothing. End the Stalinist tribunal!

Posted by: Alain | 2009-02-04 3:41:39 PM

Welcome Blair Mason to your new Hell presided over by one Ezra Levant. Your stay will be painful and short.

Posted by: epsilon | 2009-02-04 3:59:08 PM

Don't know anything about the man. I say nothing against him without evidence, but nothing for him either.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-02-04 4:44:21 PM

Too funny, Epsi.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-02-04 4:54:02 PM

The fact that he would accept a position as head of the Nazi tribunal indicates nothing will change.

Posted by: peterj | 2009-02-04 9:22:39 PM

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