Affirmative action hiring must be discontinued
Unfortunately we now must tell our children that some good stable jobs in government, at Crown corporations, in the police force, educational institute and other sectors aren’t for them because they have the wrong skin colour or gender.
In the 1980s governments purported to level the playing field for those seeking employment in Canada by giving an advantage in the hiring process to women, disabled people and visible minorities. It was called affirmative action.
Nearly two decades later, we see this policy is unnecessary. It allows for corruption and has resulted in more employment for only one of these groups. It’s time to outlaw.
When the idea was first conceived, unemployment was high and those who claimed to need help had a good argument. This is no longer the case. Business is booming and workers are in demand. With the exception of the disabled and immigrants, individuals from the other groups no longer need a helping hand.
Affirmative hiring policies have been adopted by all levels of government, which reward employees at better than average wages — all at the taxpayer’s expense. Some of these same taxpayers are now denied the right of employment at these institutions, however.
Discriminatory hiring practices haven’t leveled the playing field for the most of the people it was designed to help. Canada is a great country where people should be allowed to pursue upward mobility based on education and experience, not the hue of their skin or their gender. No Canadians should have more rights than others. While “affirmative hiring” has been touted by those whom it benefits, we should also recognize it oppresses those who do not qualify.
Ironically, Canada has sent troops to Afghanistan to help the weak and oppressed there. It is time Canadians did the same for themselves and demand an end to unjust affirmative hiring policies now. Murdo McNab