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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Proposed human rights legislation “very disturbing” says ethics Foundation

The Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership will raise serious concerns about Bill 44 amendments to Alberta's human rights legislation at a press conference on Monday, May 4.

According to the Foundation, both the substance of the Bill and the process that produced it are deeply flawed:

• Bill 44 fails to deal with section 3 of the Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act to better protect free speech.
• The introduction of a clause allowing parents to remove their children from school lessons dealing with religion, sexuality or sexual orientation is a slippery slope to legal and administrative chaos.
• Procedural protections needed to ensure that people accused of illegal discrimination receive a fair hearing are entirely missing from Bill 44.
• The government did not fully consider the implications of the proposed legislation or undertake sufficient public consultation and legal study prior to introducing Bill 44.

Janet Keeping and Dan Shapiro will be speaking on behalf of the Foundation.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on April 30, 2009 | Permalink


Disturbing indeed! Instead of addressing the problem, the Alberta government has made things worse.

Posted by: Alain | 2009-04-30 4:48:10 PM

Too many screw ups by Ed lately.

The terrible Land Assembly bill. The Mberta fiasco. The royalty screw up. A monstrous deficit. The Human Rights bungle and all defended incoherently by a mumbling rambling goof.

I can hear the clanking of pitchforks retrieved from backyard sheds and the smell of sulphur from match-lit torches.

Ed's about to get a chastening.

Posted by: epsilon | 2009-04-30 5:25:12 PM

The AHRA has been an abomination for a long time now. Why would an incremental furtherance into our freedoms be any surprise to any of us?
Doesn't matter who you vote for you get the same thing, it just hurts more when it was someone you used to trust I suppose...

Posted by: JC | 2009-04-30 5:44:25 PM

This is what happens when activists set the agenda. Perhaps we really do need a major recession or a war just to bring back some common sense.

Posted by: peterj | 2009-04-30 10:31:23 PM

Sadly peterj is probably correct. It is rather like an alcoholic who has to hit rock bottom before he is willing to change. At any rate as a country we do seem to be determined to hit rock bottom and it gets closer every day.

Posted by: Alain | 2009-05-01 10:55:42 AM

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