The Honourable Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services today issued the following statement to mark International Human Rights Day
TORONTO — “December 10, International Human Rights Day, recalls the day in 1948 when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This groundbreaking document set out, for the first time, the foundational rights, freedoms and dignity to which all human beings are entitled.
In 1962, Ontario became the first province in Canada to enact its own Human Rights Code. This Code bans discrimination in our province, and upholds Ontario’s continued evolution into a fair and inclusive society.
Our government recognizes the importance of standing up for human rights and equality for all people. We also acknowledge the struggles waged by Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Viola Desmond, Malala Yousafzai and Martin Luther King Jr. and other freedom fighters throughout history who dedicated their lives to making the world a better place.
Today, on International Human Rights Day, we reaffirm our commitment to defending and advancing the fundamental rights and freedoms of all people. Everyone in Ontario deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute to the success of our province.”