Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cannons to the right of them, Cannons to the left of them...

My but Mr. Harper is cantankerous lately.

Probably a good deal of upside in scrapping affirmative action for the CPC, but it's sure going to be a noisy fight. Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward...


  1. This is starting to very much resemble Mike Harris' campaign in 1995. Sadly, that worked out very well for him. Never underestimate calls to tribal loyalty.

  2. Frankly I'm surprised it's taken this long. It's near and dear to the hearts of the base and brings in loads of frustrated youngsters and even boomers. To bring it up as a distraction for the census thing seems strange.

  3. So state-sanctioned racism is fine with you?

  4. So are you still beating your wife?

  5. So are you still beating your wife?

    Careful. That may be a rhetorical question.

    As for the announcement, it might not be a coincidence that census data have been crucial tools in the setting of employment equity targets and that the object of Tony Clement's anti-statistical vendetta had a name like "Sheikh".

    Steve and the boys are putting the boots to the wogs, and the base is hoisting their pitchforks in triumph.

  6. If I may drop a line SF:

    Having read the thread in which you were quoted by Shiner, I must say that it is nice to know somebody with a sound understanding and knowledge of history. It was an odd exchange though. I mean, you pointed out to your opponent the shortcomings of picking and choosing how to define statism, given the vast of human history from which to draw an comprehensive analysis of that phenomenon. Yet, at the end he responded by practically leveling the same criticism at you. I hope you got the same WTF reaction as I did.

    I thought the point was fairly clear: The danger of constantly using post-czarist Russia as a scale to characterize the evils of statism and supposed intrinsic faults is that it is a way of framing the debate to suit the argument, an observation that is all too common when discussing this issue with ant-state libertarians who take the absolute position.

    As for Day's Diversionary Release (DDR?), more meat for the base, I guess, yet oddly enough, I would suspect that the vagaries of such an affront to Conservatives are probably not very close to the reality as the numbers suggest. In fact, it looks like the make up of the public service tries very hard to mirror actual population proportions.

    The occasional isolated stories about a minority getting a job over a highly qualified person are probably given more weight that they should be. What people like to assume is that in a perfect, world the most qualified get the job, assuming everything else is equal. As reality likes to remind us, that is not the case as Martha Billes, who does argue against mandate equality, will even concede, and reading her story, you will understand why.

  7. The occasional isolated stories about a minority getting a job over a highly qualified person are probably given more weight that they should be.

    I don't think there's much doubt about that. The notion that, say, the NRC is hiring to fill quotas is absurd on its face. The fact of the matter is that all the entry-level jobs of the PS receive thousands of applications. You aren't even considered before the system picks up on the key words and you check the boxes on the main qualifications.

    When you hear these kinds of stories it's usually from an Arts History major that is shocked someone could be more qualified for the job of junior Policy Officer at Transport Canada.

  8. In the interests of transparency, I'm actually with the government on this.

    But not because I'm tired of The Man keeping the White Man down. I have two big issues:

    1)Todays graduates are paying for past hiring practices. Let's be clear, the idea is to make the PS representative of the Canadian population, not to make the actual hiring representative. So the government is hiring qualified minorities over qualified Euro-Canadians to make up the gap created over, say, 50 years of PS recruitments.

    2)I have a hunch that the "problem" has already been solved. No, the PS is not a mirror of the Canadian population, but let's not forget that the mean age in the PS is, like, 103. I think you're going to see those statistics shift very quickly over the next 10 years. I'd be interested in seeing the demographics of junior civil servants compared to their senior colleagues.