Human Rights – May 12, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Human Rights – May 12, 2014

Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon briefs the committee on his private member’s bill to establish Pope John Paul II Day and the Senators proceed to the clause-by-clause consideration of the bill.

The second part of the committee focuses on the rights and safety of garment workers in the developing world. Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s representatives Duane McMullen, Peter MacArthur, and Dean Frank speak on their department’s efforts in ensuring Canadian companies comply with good business practices and responsible sourcing when doing business abroad.

Also appearing at the committee are International Labour Organization’s Jane Stewart (former minister of human resources development), and, as individuals, professors Syed Sajjadur Rahman and Ananya Mukherjee-Reed. The witnesses discuss the importance of workers rights for international development and brief the committee on the current situation of Bangladesh’s garment industry. (May 12, 2014)