OTTAWA — Canada could soon have a minister of human rights after an all-party committee recommended one minister be charged with tracking human rights obligations in the country.
The House of Commons’ foreign affairs subcommittee on human rights said in its latest report that Canada’s human rights obligations are spread across at least three departments making it difficult to measure any progress or hold anybody responsible.The UN Human Rights Council? Cuba and Iran? They're the ones pushing for a Canadian "human rights" ministry? And we're actually listening to these thuggish, despotic rights-trashers?
Canada was heavily criticized at the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2009 for failing to address extreme poverty and curb violence among Aboriginals.
Cuba and Iran, as well as traditional allies such as the United Kingdom and Switzerland, pointed the finger at Canada, chastising it for allowing deep levels of inequality to take hold.
The subcommittee said Canada needed to do a much better of job of engaging civil society groups as it prepares for its next council review in 2013...
Are we out of our freaking minds?