Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

November 22, 2006 17:05 ET

HUMAN RIGHTS SILENCED - HUMAN RIGHTS DENIED, SAYS OFL

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 22, 2006) - "The McGuinty Liberal government's heavy-handed approach of silencing any further debate and consultations on human rights legislation is shameful," says Terry Downey, Ontario Federation of Labour officer responsible for human rights.

"Shame. Shame on this government. The about face by Michael Bryant, Ontario's Attorney-General, is a total betrayal of Ontario's most vulnerable citizens.

"Just last week Bryant told the Legislature that he looked forward to the debate on human rights, known as Bill 107, lasting 'however long it takes' but this week he has cancelled the hearings and silenced the debate.

"Without human rights protections people have no voice and without debate in our Legislature we have no democracy.

"The Ontario Federation of Labour was scheduled to present to the Human Rights hearings on December 14, 2006. The OFL speaks for 700,000 working people in Ontario and now they will have no voice," Downey said.

The OFL and equity groups want the government to rethink what it's doing by closing down debate on the legislation and allow all Ontarians to have access to fair and equitable public hearings.

cope343 /For further information: Terry Downey
OFL Executive Vice-President
416.578.3230 (cellular)
/ IN: LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Dana Boettger, OFL Communications Director
    Primary Phone: 416-443-7665
    Secondary Phone: 416-441-2731
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138