Alberta’s Liberal leader believes it is time for the province to reopen the Alberta Human Rights Act, and include more categories that need protection.
A recent court decision said it is illegal to discriminate against someone based on age in Alberta. The ruling dealt with the rights of seniors.
Liberal leader Dr. David Swann said that the Act hasn’t been significantly overhauled since 1996.
“It came up in the legislature last year around the LGBTQ issues, and transgender issues were specifically included as of last year,” Swann said. “I raised the question about other grounds for continued discrimination because they weren’t explicitly listed there.”
With the new court ruling forcing the Act to include protection on grounds of age, Swann said it makes sense to look into other aspects.
“While we are doing that, why not look at other issues which many people continue to feel discriminated over?”
Swann cited pregnancy, social condition, political belief and Aboriginal heritage as things he would like to see have protection. (eb)