Woman denied government job because of race

Canada has been issuing job-calls specifying that only aboriginals can apply, for a long time now.  Some 15 years ago, while on the Executive Board of CUPE Local 79, I was told by an aboriginal woman over lunch that no aboriginal employees of Metropolitan Toronto or the City of Toronto should be laid off “until all the white employees have been laid off first”. 

I told her that when aboriginals leave their reservations and come into the cities, they can “take the crap with the rest of us”.  She was astonished, thinking that as a union officer I would be supportive of anti-white discrimination. I heard later from the friend we were with that she ‘didn’t feel comfortable around me’ any more.

When people actually come to believe such stupidities, we know that something is very badly wrong. This kind of racist discrimination is deeply ingrained, not just in government departments, but in all political parties in Canada.

It’s way past time for the founding races of this country to start resisting institutionalised anti-white racism and stand up for themselves.

Jeff Goodall 

(See also : “Feds to review racism in hiring policies” here)

Toronto Sun

By Brian Lilley, Parliamentary Bureau

July 21st, 2010

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.

Sara Landriault, a sometime family activist, says that with her kids in school full time she decided to start looking for work outside of the home.

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.

“I was flabbergasted,” Landriault said in a telephone interview from her home in Kemptville, Ont., just south of Ottawa. “It was insane. I’m white, so I can’t do it?”

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.”

The Employment Equity Act, first introduced by the Mulroney government in

1986 and updated by the Chretien government in 1995, allows for certain groups to be favoured when it comes to hiring.

The federal government’s policy on employment equity states that the goal is to “ensure that designated group members achieve equitable representation within the public service.” The policy also says that hiring should respect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which states that “every individual is equal before and under the law,” but also contains a clause allowing for affirmative action programs.

Some prominent Conservative MPs, including Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl, have spoken out against this kind of discriminatory hiring practice in the past. In 2005, then public works minister Liberal Scott Brison called his department to task for issuing a memo stating that only certain groups would be hired.

“I support the whole policy of inclusion, but I do not support discriminating against any group in hiring practice,” Brison said at the time.

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