B.C. NDP government announces re-establishment of B.C. Human Rights Commission

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      Premier John Horgan has checked off another campaign promise in his party platform.

      Today in Vancouver's West End, he announced that the NDP government is re-establishing a human rights commission.

      Horgan made the announcement during Pride Week in Vancouver.

      "Every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. By re-establishing a human rights commission, we will create a more-inclusive and just society, where we work together to eliminate inequality and prevent discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression," Horgan said in a news release.

      The parliamentary secretary of sport and multiculturalism, Delta North NDP MLA Ravi Kahlon, will lead the public consultation process.

      Meanwhile, Horgan's mandate letter to Attorney General David Eby includes expectation that he will "made substantive progress" on re-establishing the commission.

      It was abolished shortly after the B.C. Liberals gained power under Gordon Campbell in 2001.

      NDP MLAs Spencer Chandra Herbert, Raj Chouhan, Rachna Singh, Mable Elmore, and Bowinn Ma attended the announcement, along with Labour Minister Harry Bains, Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark, and CItizens' Services Minister Jinny Sims. Vancouver councillor and former NDP cabinet minister Tim Stevenson was also there.

      Prior to the 2013 election, the B.C. NDP did not include the restoration of a human rights commission in the party platform.

      Under Horgan's leadership, this plank was included in the 2017 platform.