Calgary (July 4th, 2017)
Last week in a letter to Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley, Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan called for a sweeping overhaul of the Alberta Human Rights Act, noting that major revisions have not been made to the act since 1996.
Khan remarked, “The Alberta Liberals are supportive of explicitly adding leading-edge protection categories such as pregnancy, social condition and Indigenous heritage, as well as consideration of other categories, including political belief, language, addiction, HIV-positive status, and criminal conviction (in employment, trade unions, employers’ organizations or occupational associations specifically).”
Weighing in on issues of police “carding” and workplace harassment within the Calgary and Edmonton Police Services, Khan stated, “I’m proposing that the Act be amended to grant the Alberta Human Rights Commission the ability to initiate investigations of Alberta-based human rights issues and make recommendations where there is widespread concern.”
Khan further added, “The practice of random “carding” of minorities by police is unacceptable. We must give the Human Rights Commission the ability to investigate and end practices that are found to be violating citizens’ fundamental rights.”