Rights talk in Canada has evolved dramatically in recent history. In the past, Canadians largely defined rights as civil liberties, which meant the rights to free speech, association, assembly, religion, press, due process, and voting. Rhetoric surroundings discrimination as late as the 1950s was largely confined to race, religion, and ethnicity.
Today, the language of rights has been appropriated to apply to a remarkable range of issues. Discrimination is banned in human rights law on the basis of race or colour, religion, ethnicity or national origin, place of origin, sex, sexual harassment, age, physician and mental disability, marital status, pardoned conviction, sexual orientation, family status, dependence on alcohol or drugs, language, social condition, source of income, seizure of pay, political belief, and gender identity and expression.
This book is both a history of human rights in Canada and an attempt to better understand our rights culture. The author integrates the experience of Aboriginal people as well. Dominique Clement also draws on sources in French. It is a great book that most Canadians should read who are interested in Human Rights.
This is a scholarly book by an associate profession at the University of Alberta. Dominique Clement is an award-winning author of Canada’s Rights Revolution as well as Equality Deferred.
I love books about Human Rights and all political and philosophical topics. It is a wonderful read!
Rating: 5 stars
Irene S. Roth