I really shouldn’t be surprised by this.
A viewer named Barb sent this to me just before show time.
An employment contractor seeking to place job seekers with the federal government has a posting for aboriginal candidates only. That’s the nice way of saying whites, blacks, asians and anyone else need not apply. I took a screen shot of the job posting in case it disappears once the public finds out.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that an employment agency seeking to place people with the feds would use discriminatory hiring practices, that’s what the feds themselves do.
In July 2010 I wrote a story about an Ottawa area woman who was applying for a federal government job online. The job required that you answer questions just to be able to apply including revealing your race. When the woman entered white she was stopped from going any further.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and then Treasury Board President Stockwell Day claimed they would review the situation.
“I was very concerned to read the report of a position only being open to people from an identifiable group,” Kenney said at the time. “All positions should be on the basis of equality of opportunity and merit.”
In November of 2010 Day told the Commons a new directive was going out.
“We have also communicated that all department postings must not shut out any specific groups and must be open to all qualified candidates. Final decisions must be based on merit and on qualifications,” Day said.
I’ve since heard that nothing has changed and that the practice of setting aside jobs inside the federal civil service continues. Despite Day’s directives the bureaucrats rely on Canada’s employment equity act brought in by the Mulroney government in 1986.
While I find it odd that we have laws designating certain jobs for certain people based on race, this is widely supported in Canada’s top ranks from the government, to bureaucrats and the media. The idea that all are created and treated equally before the law does not exist in Canada. In fact, through another Mulroney era project called the Federal Contractor Program, any company of size wanting to do business with the federal government in any way is required to keep track of the race of their employees and report back on it.
Personally I find this a little creepy regardless of the stated goals.
Should we allow this sort of thing to keep happening in Canada? I’d say no, everyone should be treated equally regardless of race and that includes being blind to race in hiring.
I don`t expect this to happen, when Kenney and Day suggested reviewing the system they were accused of being against employment equity which means being against women, aboriginals, visible minorities and the disabled. And that was just the charge from the media.
Below is the job ad from my original story in 2010.