Hon. Ron Basford (Minister of Justice):
Mr. Speaker, it is provided in section 19 that the governor in council will make regulations under that act before it can be applied. When the Human Rights Commission was first established, it was envisaged that they would examine the use of section 19 and
propose recommendations to me or the governor in council as to the type of regulations that should be passed. The Human Rights Commission, as I understand it, is doing that with regard to the general situation. It is aware of the particular case the hon. member raises, and has it under advisement.
However, there are some difficulties in using this as a test case. First, it would require retrospective application of the legislation, which does not commend itself to me, initially, as a good test case. Second, the arbitrator, as 1 read the arbitration award, clearly found that there was no discrimination in this particular contract. In any event, before section 19 can be applied, we need recommendations or reports from the Human Rights Commission which has the matter under advisement.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE