The VDLC applauds the decision of the BC government to restore the Human Rights Commission. The dismantling of the commission seventeen years ago under the BC Liberals was an attack on human rights, the full impact of which will never be known.
The recent appointment of Kasari Govender as Human Rights Commissioner is another step forward. We continue to be dedicated to a society wherein full human rights are guaranteed to all, both in law and in practice. The following recommendation was adopted at our June regular meeting.
Subject: BC Human Rights Commission
BECAUSE the BC NDP government has re-established the BC Human Rights Commission, which was disbanded by the former Liberal government; and
BECAUSE the reestablishment of the commission is excellent news for workers, and all those who desire a world wherein the human rights of all are ensured both in law and in practice; and
BECAUSE the BC government has appointed Kasari Govender, executive director of West Coast LEAF, who has extensive background in defending human rights, as the new BC Human Rights Commissioner, the first in seventeen years,
THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL write to Premier John Horgan thanking and congratulating the BC NDP government for re-establishing the commission and appointing the commissioner; and
THE VANCOUVER AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL WILL FURTHER write to Commissioner Govender congratulating her and expressing the commitment of our labour council to the promotion and expansion of human rights.