If the feds really believed in employment equity…..

- August 10th, 2012

Then they would be going on a hiring spree for men. As would hospitals and schools but that’s a local and provincial matter.

My column from this morning’s Sun Media papers is generating quite the reaction from people sharing their stories of reverse discrimination to me being called a bigot. I mean, I must be a bigot, I believe we should hire on merit and not let factors such as race or sex enter into the hiring process.

Some people mistakenly think the federal government is a place filled with only white, English speaking males. Not true. Far from it.

The feds own numbers show that they have what would be deemed an over representation in three of the four protected employment equity groups. This chart shows that only visible minorities are not at or above what they deem the workforce availability of each group.

Employment Equity

The chart also shows that women, disabled and Aboriginals have been over represented for years. So why are they still protected employment equity groups? Shouldn’t there be a program to ensure men are represented at the same level their workforce availability?

Meanwhile on the language file it turns out that Francophones are over represented as well.  Page five of this report (page 13 in the PDF) shows that in the core public service Francophone are heavily over represented.

Regarding equitable participation, the proportion of Anglophones in federal institutions subject to the Act was 73.2% in 2009-2010. The proportion of Francophones was 26.8%. For the core public administration, these rates were stable at 68.6% and 31.4% respectively. Based on the latest data from the 2006 Census, employees from both official language communities were relatively well represented in federal institutions subject to the Act. The distribution essentially resembles the percentage of Francophones and Anglophones in Canadian society, that is to say 74.8% of Canada’s population who reported English as their first official language and 23.6% who reported French.

I’m not saying the feds should stop hiring women, Aboriginals, the disabled or Francophones yet if they believe in employment equity that is exactly what they should be doing.

Otherwise they should change the law and try doing something radical such as treating everyone the same regardless of race, ethnicity, sex etc.

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5 comments

  1. anonymous says:

    When I was in the military if you where female, black, and french you had it made no matter if you did your job well or not.

  2. X y says:

    They have to justify decisions which don’t conform to certain pre approved categories.

  3. Bill Elder says:

    Meritocracy has been dead in this nation for so long I seriously doubt that there is even a glimmer of the concept of hiring on merit left in government ranks. All levels of government engage in tokenistic appointment now. Rot starts at the top, perhaps leadership by example is needed here – although I doubt you will see any results until tokenistic quotas are removed from section 15(2) of the charter.

    That section of the charter and it’s language – (“any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantaged individuals or groups including those that are disadvantaged because of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability”) – give justification for the inherent racism/bigotry of minority quota hiring.

    It’s right there in printed in the charter folks, read it! – your government considers your race, color, ethnicity, sex etc. to be a DISADVANTAGE. It is a supremist statement and a morbid presumption of minority incapacity. Before we start treating people equally as civil society demands, we must first remove this racist trash from the charter. It is an embarrassing statement of elitism which was obviously inspired by cloistered plutocrats who pose as progressives but practice social Darwinism.

  4. Kenneth T. Tellis says:

    This was the sham democracy that Pierre-Elloitt Trudeau foist on Canada, pretending that it was indeed equity. Yet, at no point did he ever practice equality. To him and his Anglophobe friends misrepresenting the facts and deliberatly creating the false impression that all was right in the federal civil service was his piece de resistance.

    Because in fact Trudeau had removed English-speaking representation by guile. His very idea that separating the English, Irish, Scots and Welsh, would weaking them as a community. Yet he never once separated France into different ethnic groups of the Basques, Bretons, Normans, Corsicans, giving them the advantage. These ideas of Trudeau came from College Breubeuf where Brainwashing by Anglophobe teachers began at an early age. Thus the civil service which should have been only 21% Joualophone (French patois) was 80% Metis (Kebecois/canadien, while the English-speaking members were negligible. So what Trudeau was really doing was openly discriminationd against the majority, under the guise of practising DEMOCRACY, when he was in reality misusing his power as the Prime Minister.

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