11/12/2015 20:05 EST | Updated 11/12/2016 00:12 EST

B.C. challenges college over discrimination finding against Indo-Canadian vets

VANCOUVER — British Columbia's agriculture minister says he is disappointed that a human rights tribunal's decision finding discrimination against Indo-Canadian veterinarians is being challenged.

Norm Letnick has written a letter to the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia, saying there is no place for racism or prejudice and that he expects the body to fully respect and support the province's human rights code.  

Letnick says the college needs to ensure it is operating in the best interest of the public and its members by adding cultural sensitivity language to its policies.

The college is seeking a judicial review of a decision by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.

It decided last month that the British Columbia Medical Veterinary Association engaged in systemic discrimination against 13 doctors who were born and trained in India.

The association was ordered to pay each doctor thousands of dollars for dignity to injury, loss of salaries and expenses.



The Canadian Press