June 2016 – Human Rights Commissions are considered part of the trifecta of human rights institutions: a tribunal to adjudicate complaints, a clinic to represent complainants, and a commission to represent the public interest. BC’s commission was shuttered about 15 years ago. In this episode we look at what the commission did, what other commissions do, and what the prospects for such a commission are in BC.
Harinder Mahil was the head of the BC Human Rights Commission when it was shut down in 2002. Therese Bouillard was the Director of Human Rights at the Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission. They spoke with us about a Poverty and Human Rights Centre report released through the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives calling for the re-establishment of a Human Rights Commission in BC.