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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s attempt to crush an embarrassing human rights complaint, which concerns Health Canada’s role in the gay blood ban, has failed. Last Friday, a Federal Court judge ruled that the complaint may be heard by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT). The ruling is a victory for transparency, accountability and fairness, and ends the attorney general’s politicized campaign to make the case go away. The activist behind the complaint, Chris Karas, is now seeking financial compensation from the attorney general to pay for the cost of fighting this frivolous intervention. Karas filed his complaint against Health Canada in 2015, arguing that Canada’s effective ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men is discriminatory. The ban was implemented in 1992 in response to Canada’s tainted blood scandal. Though reasonable at the time, it has since been made obsolete by remarkable improvements in blood-testing technology — the risk of blood-borne diseases entering the blood supply is now effectively zero.

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