moved for leave to introduce Bill C-299, an act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Mr. Speaker, this bill is very similar to one I introduced in the last Parliament. It introduces a series of amendments to the human rights act recommended by the report of the human rights commissioner in 1989. It has taken some time for some of these recommendations to be acted upon. This is an attempt to speed up the process.
In addition, in light of the most recent change to the human rights act, this bill also amends the human rights code to provide that in carrying out any special program, plan or arrangement designed to prevent disadvantages that are likely to be suffered by any group of individuals, when those disadvantages would or could be based on or related to sexual orientation, those will also be covered.
It is a technical amendment that follows on the other. I believe all these amendments will commend themselves to all hon. members.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)