Troubled Rights and Democracy agency to be closed - 2012-04-03
The government-funded agency was created by the Progressive Conservative government of Brian Mulroney in 1988 to encourage democracy and monitor human rights around the world, Rights and Democracy is supposed to operate at arm's length from government.
But trouble erupted in 2010 when board members appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government challenged grants that had been made to three human rights organizations. The new appointees considered the organizations to be anti-Israel.
The president of the agency, Remy Beauregard, died of a heart attack shortly after a stormy board meeting about the grants.