Identity politics overwhelms Canada’s eggheads

Canada’s education system has met its Waterloo. And it did so right in Waterloo, Ontario.

Those who seek a Canada Research Chair-based job teaching climate change, water or future cities research in the University of Waterloo faculty of environment have no hope. They have no hope if they don’t identify themselves as women, transgender, non-binary or two-spirit.

That same school’s faculty of engineering is singing from the same book. And another engineering position is open only to “First Nations, Métis, Inuit/Inuk and those from other Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.”

Cisgender men – meaning heterosexual, and white or not – need not apply, and neither should those who don’t claim indigenous heritage, whatever that is supposed to mean.

Canada Research Chairs — 2,285 prestigious positions funded by the federal government and based at post-secondary institutions across the country – lack diversity, and that has to be fixed, or else.

This is called identity politics at its worst, and those pushing it should be charged with sabotage. Without trying to influence the courts, these people should be found guilty as charged, and sentenced to spend the rest of their lives behind bars, with no right to seek early release in any way of or form of pardon or amnesty.

Even the drivel that University of Waterloo posted in its announcement that it was looking for help was criminally ludicrous: “Improving the representation, participation and engagement of equity–deserving groups within our community is a key objective of Waterloo’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025.”

People who meet the criteria as advertised, if they have any pride left whatsoever, should refuse such invitation. It is condescending beyond the point of nausea. Basically, it says people in these groups wouldn’t be able to make it on their own, using their talent, knowledge, experience and sheer hard work.

Only a small number of positions are advertised with such exclusive criteria as a way “to help institutions meet their targets to ensure that we have representation,” Marie-Lynne Boudreau said in a National Post story on this topic,

This lady serves as director of performance, equity and diversity for the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, which administers the Canada Research Chair program.

She then continued with an outright misrepresentation: “Men are not being barred from participating in the program.”

No, they are not, if they are not heterosexual where, as mentioned, skin colour is not the deciding factor.

Dragging us back to Stone Age

On the other hand, having institutions set targets for representation other than knowledge, talent, experience and hard work is a sign of either complete idiocy, or (equally awful) attempt to ruin Canada’s future right at its roots, at a stage where people are studying to be ready to take over the leadership of the country.

Canada used to discriminate in the past. As Canadian historians Irving Abella and Harold Troper recounted in their 1983 book None Is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe 1933-1948, Canada bloodier her hands with her restrictive immigration policy towards Jewish refugees during the Holocaust years.

Canada didn’t have similar issues with letting in Nazi war criminals in post-war years. Many of them had been convicted for their participation in Holocaust atrocities, and yet, the Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals in Canada, were living out their lives in comfortable retirements in Canada. The Jules Deschênes Commission, founded by the government of Canada in February 1985, investigated claims that Canada had become a haven for Nazi war criminals.

It took the commission less than two years to confirm that yes, those claims were correct.

And yet, neither those who had been barring Jews fleeing from the Nazis, nor those who had been letting Nazi war criminals into Canada, were punished for their deeds.

The wheels have moved slowly into the direction of anti-Semitic groups chasing Jews off campuses again.

Nothing has happened to these groups, either.

So, no wonder that those pushing pure discrimination in Canada’s halls of learning can do so with impunity.

The Canada Research Chairs program has cost taxpayers $6,220 billion, in its 20 years of existence. The justification (raison d’être): “to attract and retain a diverse cadre of world-class researchers, to reinforce academic research and training excellence.”

Looks innocuous enough. And yet, the word “diverse” was the Trojan horse behind the entire idea. Canada Research Chairs decided it lacked diversity, another word of the day, and so, it set targets to increase the representation of what it called certain groups.

Targets such as: women and gender minorities must make up 50.9 per cent of all Canada Research Chairs across the entire program by December 2029.

That’s not all: visible minorities must form 22 per cent of new hires, people with disabilities (undefined) should fill another 7.5 per cent, and 4.9 must be indigenous, another newish expression.

Why? Because, Canada Research Chairs claims, these figures represent numbers found in Canada’s population census.

Irrelevant numbers

Even those who believe that the census numbers are correct may agree that these numbers do not reflect the ability of these individual groups to pursue advanced academic roles.

Basing admission rules for such positions on such flimsy criteria is pure gobbledygook, so much beloved by the politically correct crowd.

How’s this sound as a symptom of complete idiocy? Canada Research Chairs have the floor again: “The targets are in place to address a historic and persistent underrepresentation in the program of individuals from the four designated groups as identified in the employment equity act: women, racialized minorities, Indigenous Peoples, and persons with disabilities.”

And: “This underrepresentation exists since the program was first launched in the year 2000 and reflects the broader systemic barriers (e.g., bias) in the research ecosystem which impacts the career progression of these individuals.”

You may not believe it, but there exists a job named Professor of Equity & Inclusion in Business. A guy who holds this title at one of Canada’s universities, claims that calls for applications that do not limit who may and who may not apply are not discriminatory at all.

Those who do the hiring, he said, may discriminate based on which school the candidate had attended, or based on an immediate dislike, whatnot.

It never crossed his mind that selecting people because they knew more about the specialisation they have applied for, is discriminatory, too.

Putting it mildly, so that even a Professor of Equity & Inclusion in Business can understand: if you, say, like a girl and try to convince her that you should be her chosen one, and she begs to differ, she’s discriminating. (The same holds the opposite way.) You either do meet her criteria for a guy she would survive spending the rest of her life with, or not.

Just to make sure, here’s an outline of what’s going on these days:

  • women and gender minorities filled 40.9 per cent of positions across the CRC;
  • visible minorities constituted 22.8 per cent;
  • persons with disabilities (unidentified) formed 5.8 per cent;
  • indigenous people represented 3.4 per cent;
  • men form 54.2 per cent (a slight majority) of Canada Research Chairs;
  • men form 50.4 per cent of persons with disabilities;
  • and 60.5 per cent of visible minorities are men;
  • women lead in the indigenous category, 70.6 per cent to 26.5 per cent (no explanation for the numerical discrepancy and the missing 2.9 per cent.

Competence, talent, experience, work and previous achievements be damned: bringing education to the system of the lowest common denominator is now the only just way.

Way to what?

Feel free to fill the word in.

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