Excerpts from a speech at the unveiling of the Human Rights Code commemorative plaque, June 15, 2012…
The Canadian Human Rights Act is an important act which was passed by the Parliament of Canada in 1977. It deals with all types of discrimination which are based on race, colour, religion, age, sex, family status, and much more. It applies to all of the provinces in Canada. Its purpose is to ensure that everyone will be treated equally and to make discrimination disappear.
On behalf of the over 2000 men and women of York Regional Police, I extend our congratulations on the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ontario Human Rights Code.
I have voted in every federal, provincial and municipal election since becoming eligible in 1965. At that time ironically, I and every other blind person was legally ineligible to sit as a juror.