Quebec human rights commission calls Couillard government cuts a violation of human rights

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Quebec human rights commission calls Couillard government cuts a violation of human rights

Worth a separate thread for wider implications about econmic rights, I think. 

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In the brief, Frémont advises the government not to undertake its austerity plan with only economic or budgetary considerations in mind. He notes that cutting or reducing the scope of some programs may affect certain vulnerable groups disproportionately and in a discriminatory way.

The Charter, he writes, is a fundamental law that takes precedence over other laws, and the state is bound by it. The program overhaul cannot adversely affect rights guaranteed under the Charter, such as the right to equality, regardless of race, skin colour, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, age, religion, political convictions, language, ethic background or nationality, income or disability.

Many of Quebec’s social programs are designed to address inequality, so eroding these programs may be construed as acting against the Charter, the brief suggests.

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