I mentioned before that Wildrose Alliance of Alberta leader Danielle Smith had somewhat reversed her party’s position on amending Alberta’s Human Rights Act to unequivocally uphold freedom of speech. Instead, Smith announced, she’s going to go more the route of Saskatchewan, putting speech-related AHRA complaints under actual court oversight but still allowing the courts to determine what speech is and isn’t allowed.
The Wildrose has committed to abolishing Section 3 of the Human Rights Act, as well as ensuring that true justice can be pursued by having Human Rights cases heard in a court of law, rather than in front of the Human Rights Commission. This would ensure that cases can be heard in a balanced environment, with real checks and balances, as well as trained legal professionals.Also, as part of a Wildrose increase to Legal Aid, Albertans that require legal assistance for human rights cases would have the resources offered to them to ensure the access they require.
And here is Alison Redford’s answer to that same question:
I want to amend and fine-tune the existing legislation, after consultations with stakeholders, to better define and protect free speech in light of challenges to the statute in Freedom of expression must be shielded and Section 3 of theAlberta Human Rights Act should be repealed.
Read it all here. H/t to my uncle for sending me the survey – he knows who he is…
Section 3 of the Alberta Human Rights Act is toast.