How the Canadian Federal Government is slowly embracing The Country’s Diversity

When the current Canadian Premiere was doing his campaigns alongside his liberal party, they gave a promise that they would form a government that appreciated the Canadian diversity. True to his word, Trudeau formed a cabinet that was reflective of the long forgotten minorities, indigenous citizens, and women. Many of the cabinet ministers that were sworn in on November 4, 2015, were mostly women with three of them hailing from the indigenous communities while five were from the minority groups.

The cabinet had a whopping 48.3% women, 6.5% indigenous and 16.1% of the country’s visible minorities. The cabinet appointments were almost matching the Canadian demographic distribution with 4.9% indigenous groups, 22.3% representing the visible minorities and 50.9% being the women population. However, the Premiere and his few cabinet ministers appoint an additional 1,500 officials as members of crown corporations, tribunals and boards. The cabinet is also responsible for the appointment of senators, judges, head of foreign envoys and missions and deputy ministers.

When you look at the bigger picture, progress in attaining a representation of the Canadian taxpayers in government has been achieved. However, there is more that still needs to be done in the creation of a government that appreciates the diversity of Canada. For instance, when the Trudeau government came into office, the number of all the women who were appointed into federal positions represented 34% while 3.95 were from the indigenous communities.

Federal appointments from the visible minorities were only 4.5%. According to a survey that has been conducted by the Privy Council Office two years after being sworn in office, the indices have improved with federal women appointees being 42.8%, 5.6% from the visible minorities and 5.8% from the Canadian indigenous communities. The new liberal government announced in February last year that it had devised a new method of appointing board members, of crown corporations, officers of parliament and tribunal members.

The government was keen on making a government that appreciated Canadian diversity and invited members of the public to submit their applications. The existing processes have currently delivered 579 federal positions that include appointment that is specified by the law, head of missions, and deputy ministers. Out of the 579 federal appointees, 43.7% of them were women, 5.2% were from the indigenous communities while 3.8% hailed from the visible minority groups in Canada. The director of the Diversity Institute of Ryerson University, Wendy Cukier says that Prime Minister Trudeau is keener in making appointments from the forgotten minorities, women and indigenous groups as compared to his predecessors.

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