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Bill 212 (2000)

Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Amendment Act

This bill was introduced by Julius Yankowsky, M.L.A. It passed first reading in the Alberta Legislature on 1 March, 2000. It would have amended Chapter H-11.7 of the Revised Statutes of Alberta. It was the first bill brought before a provincial legislature in Canada, but was not proceeded with. [Administrator]

Fourth Session, 24th Legislature, 49 Elizabeth II

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, enacts as follows:

1 The Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act is amended by this Act.

2 The following is added after section 7:

7.1(1) No employer shall

(a) refuse to employ a health professional,

(b) refuse to advance or promote a health professional,

(c) discipline a health professional, or

(d) dismiss or threaten to dismiss a health professional,

because the health professional is not willing to take part in or counsel any medical procedure that offends a tenet of the health professional's religion or the belief of the health professional that human life is sacred.

(2) In this section,

(a) "health professional" means a regulated member under the Health Professions Act;

(b) "human life" means human life at any stage beginning with conception.

3 This Act comes into force on Proclamation.