Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Affirmative Actions — Discriminating Against You With Your Collaboration

A woman was denied government job because of race. No, this didn't happen someplace in the Southern US States, some 50 years ago. It happened this year - in Canada:
OTTAWA - A stay-at-home mother trying to re-enter the workforce after nine years away says she can’t understand why the federal government would stop her from applying for a job simply because she is white.
While surfing on the federal government job website, Landriault says she found a position at Citizenship and Immigration Canada she felt she was qualified for but was blocked from submitting her resume because she was not an aboriginal or visible minority.
Landriault says she has seen job postings in the past that encourage certain groups to apply.

“Which is fine, it’s an equal opportunity position,” Landriault said. “But an equal opportunity employer does not stop one race from applying.”

A CIC spokeswoman takes a different view.

“We are under-represented by aboriginal employees in our work force,” said Melanie Carkner. “At this point in time, the department does meet requirements for visible minorities; however, given the department’s mandate, we make a concerted effort to hire individuals in this group.”
In other words, skills don't really matter, it's the candidate's ethnicity which determines whether or not he is eligible to get the job. So what's the difference between "affirmative actions" and apartheid or any other racist regime that the "progressives" love to condemn so vigorously? That, instead of being denied a job because none of his kind is wanted, one is denied a job because no more of his kind is wanted? As if that makes any difference for someone who has to stay unemployed because of this openly racist hiring policy.

Not to mention that the government is missing out on qualified personnel because of that. Then, of course, they ask for more funds so they could hire more staff to make their department more efficient. And, since they keep using the very same hiring policies that focus on one's origin rather on one's skills, more money and more personnel never result in more efficiency.

But there's more to this whole issue. Here's an essay by Ezra Levant. He talks about the long-form census. Not only some of the questions there infringe on our privacy, but also, with the way the multiple choice answers are worded, the respondent is compelled to select from a list of vague politically correct terms, instead of being able to provide an accurate answer to the question asked. So why would anyone need a census that provides such distorted data? The answer is right on the census form:
What are these bizarre questions and answers about? The census form was perfectly frank: It stated it was for government programs that use racial quotas — also called affirmative action. As Canadians, we like to think we’re equal before the law. But Statistics Canada collects this information to treat us unequally.
If you've had no opinion on the long-form census - here's the reason to be against it. Let scrapping the long-form census be the first step towards scrapping affirmative actions.

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