Government of Canada announces appointments to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
December 15, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Department of Justice Canada
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, is pleased to announce the below appointments, following an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process:
Gabriel Gaudreault of Gatineau, Quebec, is re-appointed as a full-time member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for a term of five years, effective December 30, 2017.
Kirsten Mercer of Ottawa, Ontario, is re-appointed as a full-time member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for a term of four years, effective December 30, 2017.
Colleen Harrington of Whitehorse, Yukon, is appointed as a full-time member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for a term of four years, effective January 28, 2018.
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) has a statutory mandate to apply the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) based on the evidence presented and on the case law.
Created by Parliament in 1977, the Tribunal legally decides whether a person or organization has engaged in a discriminatory practice under the Act. The purpose of the CHRA is to protect individuals from discrimination. It states that all Canadians have the right to equality, equal opportunity, fair treatment, and an environment free of discrimination.
The CHRT applies these principles to cases that are referred to it by the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The Tribunal is similar to a court of law, but is less formal and only hears cases relating to discrimination.
In February 2016, the Government of Canada announced a new approach to Governor in Council appointments, supported by open, transparent, and merit-based selection processes that will result in the recommendation of highly qualified candidates who truly reflect Canada’s diversity.
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