But it gets better, Ladies and Gentlemen! This is entirely LEGAL in Canada! So the article says.
A major federal department has temporarily banned the hiring of able-bodied white men in an unusual move critics say could spark a backlash against the very disadvantaged groups it is meant to help.
Managers in the Public Works department must hire only visible minorities, women, aboriginals and the disabled, except with written permission from their superiors, David Marshall, the deputy minister, ordered in an e-mail circulated yesterday.
The policy, designed to address shortfalls in the department's employment-equity goals, will last at least until the end of next March and be reviewed then, the memo said.
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms does allow some discrimination by government to aid groups it identifies as being disadvantaged, said Robb Macpherson, a labour lawyer with the firm McCarthy Tetrault.Isn't that great? I love that! Way to go Charter!!!! As a white male my only chance to get a government job is to hack off a limb. I feel so... protected!
All of the above indicates that it is far more important for some multi-culti wonderfulness target to be reached in terms of the percentages of brown, female and crippled people (preference to brown, female cripples?) than to fill the jobs with people who can actually do them.
Not wishing to be labeled a frothing Conservative racist by the ever vigilant Left whose self appointed job it is to do things like that, I hasten to add that there would seem to be no reason why brown people, female people and crippled people can't do most of those jobs. Hard for people in wheelchairs to be firemen of course, but they can certainly pilot desks. You get the idea.
Its just that if you need something done, the normal thing to do is seek out somebody you find agreeable who can do it and not worry about their surface albedo, gender and number of intact limbs. If the job is important you get the best person you can as fast as you can. Preference is given to ability, rather than other factors.
This leads me to believe that if they can eliminate the majority of the workforce from job contention, perhaps the Public Works employees aren't doing anything that important.
If that's the case, maybe we could do with a few less Public Works employees eh?
I say we achieve the proper minority/cripple employee ratio by having a hiring freeze and furthermore firing a bunch of white guys with intact limbs. Axes and tourniquets will be supplied for those members of the White Male Hegemony serious about keeping their jobs.
The Understanding and Tolerant Phantom