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100th Anniversary Edition

The Alumni News| Fall 1977

Good for Gordon!

ALUMNI NEWS MAGAZINE | 100th Anniversary Edition

UNB alumnus and member of the Board of Governors, Gordon Fairweather, was sworn in last month as the nation's first human rights commissioner.  

Long one of the country's most respected parliamentarians, Mr. Fairweather came to his new post after 25 years in politics, the past 15 of them as Conservative MP for New Brunswick's Fundy-Royal riding.  

The commission, of which Mr. Fairweather is its chief, is the enforcement arm of the Canadian Human Rights Act, passed by Parliament in July.  

The act sets out strict anti­discrimination rules for all federal government departments, agencies and crown corporations in their employment policies as well as in their dealings with the public. It also gives individuals the right of access to files the government may have about them. The commission can impose fines of up to $50,000 for discrimination practices. 

In recognition of his distinguished public service St. Thomas University will confer upon him an honorary doctor of laws degree at Convocation exercises October 22. 

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