Unless the Harper government finally does what it said it would do, Governor General David Johnston may be the last white man with any standing in the federal bureaucracy.
I remember causing quite a stir among liberals when I wrote a national editorial for Sun Media congratulating Harper for appointing an “old white guy” as governor-general when all federal hiring ads made it quite clear that white men need not apply.
You’d think I had called the saintly Mother Teresa an infidel, or worse.
For the last fews years, many of us were under the impression that shortly after that editorial went to print, then Treasury Board president Stockwell Day told the Commons that he had ordered the end of the “affirmative” action program that gave preference in the federal bureacracy to those who are bilingual — preferably francophone, of course — or persons of colour, disability or of aboriginal descent.
But we were conned.
Apparently it takes a change in legislation to make merit trump special interest, and no legislation was ever tabled.
So forget about it. Even if you are white and bilingual, you’d best have another tick on your chart.
White only? Forget about it.