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Six in 10 against affirmative action quotas in civil service

20 per cent support targeted hiring


 

Nearly six in 10 Canadians say a person’s race, gender or ethnic background shouldn’t give a person an advantage when looking for a government job, according to a new QMI Agency poll. The poll was taken in the days after the Conservative government said it would review affirmative action policies. Their announcement followed the case of a white Ottawa woman who was told she couldn’t apply for a position she was qualified for because she didn’t meet the diversity requirements. Only 20 per cent of those polled said they thought targeted hiring is fine as long as the successful candidate meets all job requirements. There are four “equity groups” who are occasionally considered first when applying to federal government jobs: women, visible minorities, aboriginal Canadians and those with disabilities. Both women and aboriginal Canadians are over-represented in the civil service. However, visible minorities, who make up 16 per cent of the country’s population, hold just under 10 per cent of the civil service jobs.

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Six in 10 against affirmative action quotas in civil service

  1. Maybe they should just save the hassle and ban healthy white men from government employment. This would simplify the whole process.

  2. "Nearly six in 10 Canadians say a person's race, gender or ethnic background shouldn't give a person an advantage when looking for a government job…"

    I don't support quota systems (I'm more inclined to see resources put into education inputs, for example). But we need to keep in mind that the whole point of affirmative action hiring was to somehow counter the overwhelming trend of bias in hiring that gave advantage to applicants based on their race, gender and/or ethnic background. It's a bit of a loaded poll, in that respect (perhaps the question should be if one prefers a formal code of bias, or simply leaving the bias in the hands of hiring managers to determine),

    While the majority may support the elimination of formal affirmative action codes, we need to acknowledge that such a move does not eliminate bias and disproportionate hiring based on things like gender and race.

    • bias and discrimination is everywhere even amongst people who think it doesn't affect them .there is an online test from havard that shows that even lovely liberals may have closet racist feelings

      • Don't kid yourself: the ugly ones do too. What's the point?

  3. at the government of canada really women and francophones are overrepresented ..maybe there should be a quota to hire white anglophone men

  4. 20% of Canadians are racist and sexist since they support these quotas.

  5. A few points:
    "Only 20 per cent of those polled said they thought targeted hiring is fine as long as the successful candidate meets all job requirements."
    Visible minorities (16%) and aboriginal people (4%) make up 20% of the population; it's quite possible they're the one's that are in support of targeted hiring in this poll.

    "Both women and aboriginal Canadians are over-represented in the civil service."
    I'll bet aboriginal people are over-represented in more junior positions in government. It would be interesting to see what the demographics of the senior managers are (regional director generals, assistantdeputy ministers, etc.).

    Usually, selection committees hire based on "best fit", i.e. the candidate should fit into the overall organizational culture. I'd imagine race comes into play here, but other things like personality and skills are considered.

    • Yes, nothing to see here folks, we hire only on merit…. as long as you aren't a healthy white male, then you can go suck an egg.