Reality Vs Trudeau
Trudeau government’s needless obsession with gender is exhausting
I went to a Service Ontario office in downtown Toronto Wednesday to renew my driver’s licence.
It was everything a customer/taxpayer could want: Swift service from an employee who was polite and capable. I was in and out within 15 minutes, just as I usually am when I go to such an office every year or two to do business.
That’s pretty much all I want, not only from this particular department, but also from any and all arms of government: In my freaking dreams, of course.
While the front-line Service Ontario employees were serving me and a Starbucks-like line of customers with trademark efficiency, their federal counterparts were busying themselves with social engineering upon the marching orders of their minister, Jean-Yves Duclos, and his master, that self-described proud feminist, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Lawyers stumped over new gender and identity provisions for environmental impact assessments
The scope is being broadened well beyond fauna, requiring project proponents to take into account ‘the intersection of sex and gender with other identity factors’
Over the years, federal environmental assessments have measured everything from the number of endangered lynx near a proposed New Brunswick mine to the presence of dragonflies and butterflies at a British Columbia hydro site.
But under new federal legislation tabled in February, the scope of impact assessments is being broadened well beyond fauna, requiring project proponents to take into account “the intersection of sex and gender with other identity factors.”
Part of the Liberal government’s embrace of gender-based analysis, the new provision has left environmental lawyers puzzled over how the provision will work if the bill becomes law.
“If you’re asking, ‘What does that mean?’ I’m going to have to say I don’t really know,” said Richard Lindgren, a staff lawyer at the Canadian Environmental Law Association. “I’ll wait for the guidance and direction from the government on this one.”
Canadian Government employees tasked with connecting citizens to government services can no longer refer to those citizens as “sir,” “madam,” or any other gender-specific term while doing so, according to a new report.
Service Canada’s front-line staff must “use gender-neutral language or gender-inclusive language” to avoid “portraying a perceived bias toward a particular sex or gender,” out of respect for the country’s “diverse” population. CBC News reports that its French-language arm Radio Canada has obtained documents detailing the new guidelines.
The forbidden terms include “mother,” “father,” “sir,” “madam,” “Mr.,” “Mrs.,” and “Miss.” Instead, workers are directed to call people “parents,” use their full names, and ask them how they wish to be addressed. They are further warned that an In-Person Quality Monitoring Program will watch them for compliance with the new rules.
Duclos defends gender-neutral language amid criticism from opposition
Canadian activists praised Service Canada’s decision to ask its employees to adopt gender-neutral language when interacting with the public as a step toward greater inclusivity, while members of the political opposition mocked the policy mercilessly.
Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos defended the federal institution’s internal directive Wednesday, saying it was a matter of respect and an effort “to adapt to the reality of 21st-century families.”
According to the directive issued to managers and team leaders in January, Service Canada employees are asked to use gender-neutral or gender-inclusive language to avoid “portraying a perceived bias toward a particular sex or gender.”
The next 10%: Reflections and data on how the Conservatives can grow.
And here’s the basis of my analysis:
51% of Canadians are open to voting Conservative. This is the accessible pool of voters available to the Conservative Party. This pool is about the same size as the NDP (50%) and smaller than the Liberal Party’s (56%).
This pool of accessible voters has increased since the 2015 election. In November 2015, only 42% of Canadians said they would consider voting Conservative. Today its about 8 points higher.