Re: “If human rights ombudsman is created, learn from experience” (The Hill Times, March 22, p. 17). There are numerous assertions in Pierre Gratton’s opinion piece on the need for a human rights ombudsperson for the extractive sector that deserve a critical response. I will focus on misleading claims made in just one paragraph. Mr. Gratton questions the need for an ombudsperson given the existence of a CSR counsellor for the extractive sector. While it may have new marching orders from the government, the CSR counsellor does not have a “new mandate,” as Mr. Gratton claims, but rather the same order-in- council mandate that informed the former failed CSR counsellor, who was unable to resolve nearly all of the cases brought before her, and had no powers to independently investigate complaints or recommend remedy for harm done.
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