Law Times quotes Montréal lawyer Dara Jospé in an article questioning the need for genetic discrimination protection and the available support for a related bill to be passed.
Dara Jospé, a lawyer with a focus on life sciences regulation at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, says discussion about genetic discrimination in human rights legislation dates all the way back to the late 1990s, when former Supreme Court justice Gérard La Forest conducted a review of Canada’s federal human rights law. His final report recommended the definition of “disability” be expanded to include the predisposition to being disabled.
“Since then, we’ve had bill after bill in various provinces at the federal level,” Jospé says. “It’s never been the right time or had enough support to go through, but this time it looks as though it will.”