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.