POLITICS

Changes would give more independence to human rights commission, says minister

05/03/2012 04:54 EDT | Updated 07/03/2012 05:12 EDT
FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government is proposing changes that would allow the province's human rights commission to launch boards of inquiry.

It is currently the responsibility of the minister of post-secondary education, training and labour.

The government says the proposed changes to the Human Rights Act are in response to recommendations made in recent years.

It says the commission had recommended the government look into the issue in 2008.

Last year, an independent review of legislative officers recommended making the commission the sole and final authority on initiating boards of inquiry.

Martine Coulombe, minister of post-secondary education, training and labour, says the changes would give more independence to the commission.