John Packer, Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa
This blog was prepared for the celebration of Human Rights Day 2015.
There is a palpable sense of relief within the human rights community following the federal election results of October 19th. Notwithstanding some commitments and investments in selected matters like religious freedom and LGBTQ rights, the past decade has been one of substantial damage to human rights in Canada, and our generally positive reputation abroad (if not always fully merited) took a broad and deep hit.
With the new majority Government in Ottawa, Canada claims to be “back” – not least in terms of a strong commitment to...