THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN OF CANADA

March 27, 2010

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN OF CANADA

(Established in 1893 )

March 27, 2010

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Dear Prime Minister:

The National Council of Women of Canada strongly protests the Government’s decision to close Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) offices in Vancouver, Toronto, and Halifax.

This closure will leave people living in Ontario and the Atlantic Provinces without walk-in or telephone access to a CHRC office close to their homes, and it leaves British Columbia without any access to a human rights commission as the provincial body was dismantled five years ago.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents CHRC employees, states that these closures will particularly impact racialized people and recent immigrants, and that in many cases it will be much more difficult to challenge both systemic abuses and individual instances of discrimination.

The National Council of Women of Canada believes this decision is totally unjustifiable, especially when 70 percent of all signed complaints that the CHRC received in 2008 came from those three offices, and we strongly urge the Government to reverse this decision.

Sincerely,

Karen Monnon Dempsey
Karen Monnon Dempsey
NCWC President

cc: Hon. Michael Ignatieff
Hon. Jack Layton
Hon. Gilles Duceppe

The National Council of Women of Canada is a federation comprised of Local Councils, Provincial Councils, and National Organizations. Founded in 1893, it was incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1914 and has been designated by the Government of Canada as being of national historic significance for its role in Canadian women’s history. For more information, consult our web site at www.ncwc.ca or contact our national office at #506, 251 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 1X3.

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