Shandro removes chief of Alberta Human Rights Fee

Calgary lawyer Collin Might has been eliminated as chief of the Alberta Human Rights Fee following an order in council issued by Justice Minister Tyler Shandro on Thursday.

Shandro’s division didn’t formally announce it had eliminated Might as head of the fee.

As an alternative, it emailed to media late Thursday afternoon with out remark a duplicate of the official cupboard order rescinding Might’s job as chief and member of the fee.

The cupboard order contained no causes for the choice or remark from Shandro.

The transfer comes after Might’s newly-hired authorized illustration tweeted he wouldn’t be resigning. Requires Might to resign got here after questions have been just lately raised over phrases he wrote about Islam in a 2009 guide evaluate.

Shandro requested Might’s resignation on Monday after the Nationwide Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and 27 different neighborhood associations despatched a letter to the justice minister.

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Might was appointed to a five-year time period as chief of the Alberta Human Rights Fee by Shandro in July after serving as a member since 2019.

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Might’s evaluate of Israeli-British historian Efraim Karsh’s guide Islamic Imperialism: A Historical past on C2C Journal resurfaced in July after a number of neighborhood members expressed their issues to the NCCM. Impartial information outlet The Progress Report additionally wrote concerning the feedback in July.

Within the evaluate, Might known as the faith “militaristic” in nature.

Since then, the NCCM mentioned it tried to work with Might a number of instances to aim to reconcile and construct belief with Muslim communities. When Might didn’t observe up as agreed, it prompted the NCCM to name for his resignation.

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Might mentioned he doesn’t maintain anti-Islamic views, and the editors of the guide evaluate mentioned the essay makes it clear the offending feedback have been the views of the guide writer and never Might.

Might employed Toronto-based lawyer Kathryn Marshall, who tweeted on Thursday morning that he is not going to be resigning.

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“My shopper, the primary brazenly homosexual chief of the Alberta Human Rights Fee, is not going to be resigning his place,” Marshall mentioned in an emailed assertion to International Information.

“My shopper has been focused by people and teams who’re politically motivated, and are peddling a deceptive interpretation of a guide evaluate he wrote 13 years in the past.”

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Opposition NDP justice critic Irfan Sabir mentioned it was “completely unacceptable” for the chair of the human rights fee to carry what he described as Islamophobic views.

“Tyler Shandro will need to have identified about Collin Might’s hateful views when he appointed him to the fee and when he named him the chair,” Sabir mentioned in a press release following Might’s removing.

“I’m glad that Mr. Might has been faraway from this place, and I encourage Minister Shandro to be extra considerate and diligent find a substitute.”

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The NCCM declined International Information’ request for remark, saying it isn’t releasing a press release or conducting interviews right now.

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“We’re at the moment monitoring the brand new developments and need to guarantee we’ve all the knowledge earlier than doing any interviews,” mentioned Mentioned Omar, NCCM’s Alberta advocacy officer.

With recordsdata from Adam Toy, International Information and The Canadian Press

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