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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Whites need not apply in Jason Kenney’s department

When did being “white” as in white-skinned become a bad thing? Somewhere along the way, equality of opportunity in Canada became “whites need not apply.” This seems true in our federal government and on television where visible minorities at times equal or outnumber those of us who descend from Europeans, which flies in the face of Canadian demographics.

The most recent example of this discrimination was reported on yesterday by the Toronto Sun. According to that newspaper:

“Sara Landriault, a stay-at-home mother trying to re-enter the work force says she was shocked to find out that she was barred from a applying for a job at citizenship and immigration because she was white. The position of administrative assistant was only open to aboriginal applicants.”

The report asserts that Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, says he was “shocked” when he heard of this practice. I’m not. And I don’t think most Canadians are. For years now, we have heard regularly of affirmative action in hiring practices in police forces, fire departments and other public agencies. Women are given preferences, people from visible minorities are given preferences, people with disabilities are given preferences and so it goes.

I have a lot of time for Jason Kenney, I believe he’s the best immigration minister we’ve had for years, but I do not believe his shock over the hiring practice of his department is genuine.

According to the same newspaper report, affirmative action is enshrined in Canada’s constitution and legislation dealing with minority hiring practices has been on the books for decades. So why be shocked the laws are being applied within his department?

Shameful it may be that white people are discriminated against, but shocking it isn’t.

 

© 2010 Russell G. Campbell
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  1. Feds to review race-based hiring policy
    By BRIAN LILLEY, Parliamentary Bureau

    OTTAWA - The Harper government will ask for a review of hiring policies for government jobs after a QMI Agency report about race-based hiring policies.

    Sara Landriault, a stay-at-home mother trying to re-enter the work force says she was shocked to find out that she was barred from a applying for a job at citizenship and immigration because she was white. The position of administrative assistant was only open to aboriginal applicants.

    Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says he was shocked too....


    http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/07/21/14785461.html

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  2. It must be epidemic in Ottawa now, but Toronto is not far behind I assure you. I gave up watching TV years ago due to the increase in numbers of minorities on the screen especially in newscasts. It was overkill in many cases and every story was spun some way to put down whitey' and elevate everyone else. (real conservative)

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  3. It's the same in England, and perhaps worse. Being white, one is not even allowed to talk about one's experience of being discriminated against. Affirmative action should have been a good thing, but the policy was abused by pseudo-feminists and others who can't see past whiteness and being male as negative attributes. I am not familiar with the policy being applied so openly, so that a white person was not even permitted to apply, I should think that any prospective candidates could apply, just in case no ethnic minorities bothered to. Seems like some assumptions were being made there. Saved the white woman from wasting her time, though.

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