Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Consultations on Human Rights Legislation Cancelled

I mean, is anybody really surprised? From the Globe & Mail, Ontario accused of using 'guillotine' on rights' debate:

The Ontario government was accused of bringing down the "guillotine" yesterday on its controversial overhaul of the province's Human Rights Commission.

The opposition said a time-allocation motion introduced by the government this week was a blatant attempt to cut off debate and ram through the proposed changes. The motion, which passed in the legislature last night, will see debate wrap up next Wednesday and the bill tabled for third reading the following day.

The motion amounts to a sharp reversal by the government. Only last week, Attorney-General Michael Bryant said in the legislature that he looked forward to the debate lasting "however long it takes."

Who would have thought that the term "sharp reversal" would be used to describe Ontario Liberal Party policy?

What's even funnier? There was a public notice for public consultations in the same issue of the Globe & Mail on page A6. I found the text on the web:

The Standing Committee on Justice Policy will meet to consider Bill 107, An Act to amend the Human Rights Code.

The Committee intends to hold public hearings in Toronto commencing on Wednesday, November 15, 2006.

The Committee intends to hold additional public hearings in the winter on dates and in locations to be determined.

Interested people who wish to be considered to make an oral presentation on Bill 107 must contact the Committee Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2006.

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