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Human rights groups concerned about powers for long-delayed mining, textile ombudsman

By Peter Mazereeuw      

Human rights advocates are worried the government is under pressure to break its promise to give the ombudsperson powers to compel witnesses and documents.

International Trade Minister inherited the government's promise to create an ombudsperson to oversee the behaviour of Canadian companies abroad when he was shuffled into the role in July. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The government is getting ready to finally appoint its ombudsperson for responsible enterprise, a year after it announced a plan to do so, but some human rights advocates close to the file are concerned that it is under pressure to go back on its promise to give the new watchdog powers to compel documents and testimony.

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