OTTAWA - The Liberals and NDP are condemning a move by the Tories to end government hiring practices that block some people from applying for jobs based on race.As we can see, nobody is talking about ending so called "affirmative actions" altogether and moving to 100% merit-based hiring. Don't expect the discriminatory "employment equity" questionnaire to disappear, not to mention any amendments to the section 15.2 of the Charter. We're talking about merely ending the most atrocious injustices. Yet, for the Liberals and the NDP, even that seems to be "too right-wing".
Treasury Board president Stockwell Day says no Canadian should be blocked from getting a job based on their ethnicity, but the Liberals say the Tories are just trying to meddle with the public service.
Earlier this week, QMI Agency published a story about an Ottawa area woman who was shocked to learn she was barred from applying for a job because she is white. The job with Citizenship and Immigration Canada was only open to aboriginal Canadians. The Harper government says it supports affirmative action but not blocking people from applying for jobs based on their ethnic background.
“They don't understand why having a representative public service is important,” said Ignatieff spokesman Michael O’Shaugnessy. “But most important, they are trying to change the channel. They are throwing some red meat at their most right-wing supporters.” The NDP’s Pat Martin blasted the move as a sop to “the fundamentalist, neo-conservative, right wing.” Once informed there are jobs that are only offered to certain races, Martin said that was wrong but later changed his mind again.In other words - there's nothing wrong with discriminating against those alleged to have discriminated in the past; even if the pendulum "swings too far in the other direction" - that's still fine; two wrongs make a right, don't they? So far, as I see, two wrongs tend to make a left.
“Sometimes the pendulum has to swing too far in the other direction,” said Martin, who says aboriginals and visible minorities need extra help in getting jobs with the federal government.
But it would be naive to assume that leftists merely want to "right the wrongs". Blazing Cat Fur suggests that their motivation rests solely with ethnic vote whoring. But, judging from some journalists' own words, there is a reason to believe, that some personal likes and dislikes are involved as well:
Treasury Board President Stockwell Day came forward today and said no Canadian should be denied hiring based on race. It's a contention that has drawn ridiculous and uninformed skepticism from the Toronto Star's Susan Delacourt, who wrote on her Twitter today that the news is great for "downtrodden old white guys."Ms. Delacourt sure dislikes those "downtrodden old white guys", if she didn't even bother to read the story which sparked the controversy. Scratch a lefty and if it's not a minority nationalist or a special-interest group functionary, then it's a self-hating bleeding-heart Liberal who is eager to "repent" the imaginary sins of the previous generations, those "old white guys". Hopefully, when the next election comes, there will be a lot more voters willing to do the scratching.
Another win for downtrodden old white guys. RT @CdnPress_Ott: Tories to review affirmative action hiring #cdnpoli http://bit.ly/atAaqp
Obviously Ms. Delacourt doesn't read the news very often, or very deeply. The very same story she cites notes that women actually make up 54.7 per cent of the federal workforce and that more aboriginals and visible minorities are working there this year than last.
She also DIDN'T read the story published by Brian Lilley at Sun Media earlier this week showing that a WOMAN had been denied the chance to apply for a job at Citizenship and Immigration Canada because SHE was not aboriginal!