Canadian Public Works Minister Backs Racist Hiring Policy

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    A massive federal department is under fire for a "racist" new hiring policy that rejects candidates based on sex and skin colour.

    David Marshall, Deputy Minister of Public Works Canada, issued a memo Friday outlining a "special measure" to ensure a more diverse workplace.

    Under the policy, outside applicants must be women, visible minorities, aboriginals or people with disabilities -- but white guys need not apply.

    One job seeker, an experienced, well-educated white male, called the policy "offensive."

    "It's racist and discriminatory," he said. "It's not possible to discriminate in favour of someone on the basis of race without unfairly discriminating against someone because of their race."

    The potential civil servant said the policy flies in the face of the Liberal government's so-called devotion to a "colour-blind" society. The hypocrisy is "appalling," he said.

    Marshall's memo said the policy is designed to achieve "Embracing Change" benchmarks for employment equity, and applies to all external recruitment. Government executives and managers must play a role to ensure the public service is "representative," he said.

    Public Works spokesman Pierre Teotonio said the policy will be in force until March 31, 2006, when it will be reviewed. It's all part of a government-wide action plan to address the under-representation of minorities in the workplace.

    "With this measure, the department expects to reduce the gaps in representation," he said.

    There has been a "regression" in the ratio of minority recruits, from one in 8 to one in 20 in the last six months, Teotonio said.

    He dismissed the suggestion that the policy rejects certain candidates who could be the best qualified.

    "This measure does not undermine the competition process for hiring personnel. It's still based on merit principle," he said.

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    Yeah...sure it is....
     
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    I don't know why he needed a "special" memo, this has always been the case. However, I was under the impression that affirmative action type policies wasn't just a Canadian thing.
     
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    "Under the policy, outside applicants must be women, visible minorities, aboriginals or people with disabilities -- but white guys need not apply."

    Get rid of "visible minorities" and substitude "white" with any other color and see what happens.
     
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    I'm aware of that. This has supposedly been the case as long as I can remember. And again, I didn't think affirmative action type policies were a phenomena, limited to Canada.

    It might be interesting to note, that if the truth be told, the actual hiring policies of the federal government go more like this "white anglo-males AND anglo-females need not apply". You see, white francaphones have the best opportunites and chances for promotion within the federal government. The french and their policies always win and I don't imagine a special memo will change that, since it just keeps getting worse all the time. There is also another huge problem - nepotism and croynism. Then you have "english" offices and "french" offices which discrimminate based on language. Public Works is also on the shit list due to adscam...................and then there's www.notcanada.com.............
     
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    NotCanada.com

    Wow.
     
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    The topic of that web site was featured on a Canadian News program (60 Minutish type stories) last night, and it was heavily advertised all last week. Does the timing of that "memo" and it's validity make more sense now? No one, and I mean no one works for the federal government anymore, unless you are flluently bilingual. The french discrimminate in ways that go above and beyond affirmative action.
     

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