In an article entitled “La discrimination fondée sur le handicap ou le moyen pour le pallier: concepts fondamentaux et évolution nécessaire” published in the Revue du Barrreau, Me Maurice Drapeau and Me Alexis Aubry argued that Quebec has some catching up to do to meet its duty to accommodate people with disabilities, and that we need a new accessibility law. These lawyers assert that Quebec’s existing disability law, the Act to Secure Handicapped Persons in the Exercise of Their Rights, is “insufficient, as it does not establish any performance obligation and does not apply to the private sector.” Quebec Accessible couldn’t agree more!
Me Aubry and Me Drapeau stress that a new accessibility law must establish a reasonable deadline for making all of Montreal’s metro stations accessible. It must also include obligations for the employment of persons with disabilities.
Me Aubry and Me Drapeau’s persuasive article clearly shows the need for a new provincial accessibility law to promote an increased recognition of our rights. “How do individuals claim the right to equality in the exercise of their rights if there is no legal obligation to eliminate at their source the many barriers they encounter in their daily travels? Socially, we must do more. History is unfolding before us and has not been written yet.” They conclude, “Defending the right to equality is a steady, ongoing effort to overcome discrimination.”
The future is in our hands!