Saturday, February 13, 2010

Disabled score voting victory | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun

Disabled score voting victory | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun:

Polio sufferer Peter Hughes is happy that disabled people no longer will be humiliated when they vote at polling stations.

In March 2008, Hughes went to vote in a byelection in Toronto Centre — when Bob Rae was elected — only to find the polling station was in a church basement and not accessible to disabled people.

Determined to vote, he crawled down the stairs on the seat of his pants.

When he had to face the same stairs in the general election of October 2008 he complained to Elections Canada officials who “dismissively said it was not their problem,” Hughes’ lawyer said.

Hughes took his case to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and on Friday it ruled in his favour by ordering nationwide improvements to be made by Elections Canada for accessibility to polling stations for the disabled.


No comments:

Post a Comment