Thursday, April 15, 2010

Saskatchewan leads the way. Possible shut down of HRC

This can only be described as good news.

Justice David Arnot, Saskatchewan's Human Rights Commissioner, has recommended that Saskatchewan's Human Rights Tribunal be discontinued.

"Currently human rights law, I think it's fair to say, is evolving," Arnot said. "It's becoming more and more complex and the Human Rights Commission believes that judges are best placed to deal with those complexities rather than an administrative tribunal that really doesn't have any dedicated officers or assigned staff and has really little infrastructure."

Saskatchewan Justice Minister Don Morgan has suggested that, if the tribunal is scrapped, that its cases will be forwarded to the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench.

"This is a recommendation that's come forward and is a recommendation that, in fact, may have some merit. There are criticisms that the Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal may be seen as too close to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission," Morgan explained.

Lead the way Saskatchewan and lets hope the rest of the provinces follow.

h/t Nexus of assholery.


Joanne (True Blue) said...

Good news indeed! Let's hope the idea catches on.

Ardvark said...

The Commissioner is asking for this! How can the gov't say no.

Anonymous said...

Good news, I hope this starts the dominoes falling. (real conservative)

Patrick Ross said...

We're dreaming if we don't think the Saskatchewan NDP are going to freak the fuck out over the very notion of this.

If they decide to discontinue the tribunal, and refer all the HRC's unmediated cases to the court, they will be in for one hell of a fight.