Thursday, January 18, 2007

Enter stage left - the non-partisans

Women, aboriginals and the disabled may be forced to make room for those other visible minorities. HT: Darcey.

The Public Service Commission of Canada has announced it is studying why disproportionately few visible minority job candidates are hired as federal public servants.

Commission president Maria Barrados said Wednesday the agency will examine all stages of the application process from the initial computerized screening to the final selection to find out why minorities are hired into only 10 per cent of public service jobs even though 25 per cent of applicants self-identify as visible minorities.

[..] The study will find out whether the selection process screens out qualified visible minority candidates by demanding Canadian cultural experience or other things that may not be necessary for the job, or by appraising credentials in a certain way, she said.

[..] The commission is an independent agency meant to ensure Canada's public service is competent, non-partisan and representative of the population.

The gap between the number of visible minority applicants and hires was noted in a presentation to the Public Service Commission Advisory Council in December and will be released as a full report shortly, said commission spokesman Tom Kelly. The study found that aboriginals, women and the disabled were not underrepresented in the same way.
Even before the public is treated to the results of this "study", it is safe to conclude that though many newcomers have a poor grasp of English, such arbitrary standards as good communication skills are racist and discriminatory. Public service jobs should be available to everyone, unless of course you are a bourgeois white heteronormative male.

Let the purges begin! because the bloodstained carpet is the only path to true non-partisanship!
The PSEA [Public Service Employment Act] states that you may engage in any political activity as long as it does not impair or is not perceived by others as impairing your ability to perform your duties in a politically impartial manner.

Your right as a federal public service employee must, therefore, be examined in light of the need to maintain a politically impartial public service. The political impartiality of the public service is a fundamental value that ensures Canadians benefit from non-partisan delivery of services.

2. Do these provisions apply to political activities outside work hours and off work premises? If so, why?

Yes it does, because regardless of when or where a political activity is exercised, it may, depending on the nature of the activity and on the employee's specific circumstances, impair or be perceived as impairing the employee’s ability to perform his or her duties in a politically impartial manner.

The situation must therefore be assessed on a case-by-case basis.