Over the weekend at the Manning (Preston) Networking Conference 2015, a New Brunswick Conservative MP, in discussing the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, stated “that it makes no sense to pay “whities” to stay home while companies bring in “brown people” as temporary foreign workers.”
He later apologized via Twitter for using offensive and inappropriate language.
Now, I’m all for a robust discussion of Canadian immigration and labour policies. However, referring to people’s skin colour as a basis for making political points is outrageous and racist. Plus, a subsequent Twitter apology by New Brunswick Southwest MP John Williamson barely seems to pass any test of a genuine apology.
Stay tuned – I’ll have much more to say about a closer-to-home example of this unacceptable sort of racism in the next few days.
… and it’s especially ironic in light of the upcoming UN-sponsored International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination – March 21 2015
“I call on all people, especially political, civic and religious leaders, to strongly condemn messages and ideas based on racism, racial superiority or hatred as well as those that incite racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon