Remembering Max Yalden

It is with great regret that I acknowledge the passing of Max Yalden, one of Canada’s most outspoken human rights champions and a former Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. He was 84.

During his 50-year career in public service, Max was known for his willingness to speak truth to power. He served as Commissioner of Official Languages (1977-1984) and Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission (1987-1996). 

At age 79, Max published Transforming Rights: Reflections from the Front Lines, his account of how far Canada has come in human rights and how far we have yet to go.

We will forever be indebted to Max for his leadership, his ideas, and for his vision of an inclusive Canada.

David Langtry