Robin Blencoe

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Robin Blencoe
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Victoria-Hillside
Victoria (1983-1991)
In office
May 5, 1983 – May 28, 1996
Serving with Gordon Hanson (1983-1991)
Preceded by Charles Frederick Barber
Succeeded by Steve Orcherton
Minister of Municipal Affairs, Recreation and Housing
of British Columbia
In office
November 5, 1991 – September 15, 1993
Premier Michael Harcourt
Preceded by Graham Bruce
Succeeded by Darlene Marzari (Municipal Affairs)
Joan Smallwood (Housing, Recreation)
Minister of Government Services
of British Columbia
In office
September 15, 1993 – March 9, 1995
Premier Michael Harcourt
Preceded by Lois Boone
Succeeded by Art Charbonneau
Minister Responsible for Sports and Commonwealth Games
of British Columbia
In office
September 15, 1993 – March 9, 1995
Premier Michael Harcourt
Succeeded by Ujjal Dosanjh
Personal details
Born (1947-11-12) November 12, 1947 (age 70)
Political party NDP

Robin Kyle Blencoe (born November 12, 1947) was a politician in British Columbia, Canada.[1] He was elected to represent the riding of Victoria-Hillside in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in 1983, 1986 and 1991. He served in the Cabinet of Mike Harcourt as Minister of Municipal Affairs,[2] Minister of Government Services and the Minister Responsible for Sport and the Commonwealth Games. He was forced out of office due to a number of sexual harassment complaints,[3] which resulted in Blencoe v. British Columbia (Human Rights Commission),[4] a leading Supreme Court of Canada decision on the scope of section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and on the administrative law principle of natural justice.

Due to delays to the tribunal hearings the claims were not resolved for 30 months after the first filing in 1995. During this time Blencoe was subjected to vast media coverage that led to the end of his political career, and contributed to his and his family's social and psychological hardship. The Supreme Court of Canada rejected Blencoe's argument that the delay warranted a stay of the human rights complaint.[5] Following this decision, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal issued its decision on the original sexual harassment complaint. The Tribunal found that Mr. Blencoe had engaged in conduct towards an employee which was sexual in nature and unwelcome, and that this conduct had a negative work-related impact on the employee. The Tribunal issued a declaration that Mr. Blencoe not engage in similar activity in the future an ordered that he pay $5000 to the former employee.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Robin Blencoe (1991 - 1993)". B.C. Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sex allegations ruin politician's career But no charges laid against former minister". Hamilton Spectator. 20 April 1995. 
  4. ^ "Blencoe v. British Columbia (Human Rights Commission), 2000 SCC 44, [2000] 2 S.C.R. 307". Canadian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Blencoe v. British Columbia (Human Rights Commission), 2000 SCC 44, [2000] 2 S.C.R. 307". Canadian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Willis v. Blencoe. [2001] B.C.H.R.T.D. No. 12.