Our Pathetic Social Justice Warrior Government strikes again with Canada Research Chair “Diversity” quotas
In a disturbing irony, Canadian universities are being subjected to the same crazy social justice warrior mentality they have foolishly nurtured for so long.
The Trudeau government Science department under Minister Kristy Duncan has announced that Canadian universities will be stripped of Canada Research Chair funding if they don’t create “diversity” plans.
Universities that have at least five research chair positions must submit a plan to the government by December 15th to show how they will meet “equity targets.”
Jordan Peterson – University of Toronto Psychology Professor and strong defender of free speech and academic freedom – tweeted about Trudeau’s insane new policy:
Canadian scientists: You have just had racial and sex quotas imposed on you in the name of equity. Don't you care? https://t.co/uMDcOuxM7l
— Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) May 5, 2017
Trudeau’s pathetic virtue signalling
What we are seeing is diversity for the sake of diversity. It’s virtue signalling on a massive scale, and represents an assault on academic freedom.
Research chairs should be picked by merit and only merit. When taxpayer money is being spent on research, we deserve to know it’s being allocated based on an objective view of which researchers should get the funding.
Instead, the Trudeau government is forcing universities to meet specified targets, regardless of the consequences.
For example, consider a scenario where a university has 5 top applicants they want to submit for funding. Those top 5 could be the most objectively qualified for the funding, but if they aren’t “diverse” enough, some of them will have to be dropped in favour of those a university may feel are less qualified.
That could degrade the quality of research being funded, which would be bad for Canada.
Merit must prevail
It is a shame that our government is so focused on race, gender, and other differences, instead of focusing on skill and merit. People of all backgrounds can excel in various fields, and creating false quotas is insulting to the very “minorities” the government claims to help. Each of us should be treated as an individual, and judged by our actions and choices.
I’m confident that the majority of Canadians support merit, and people of all backgrounds are tired of all the virtue signalling, as you can see in this reply to one of my tweets:
@SpencerFernando As a female researcher, filling quotas will not necessarily promote excellence in research, development and innovation….merit does!
— amy (@amydean35) May 5, 2017
But unlike the Canadian people, the Trudeau government clearly doesn’t believe in individual merit or seeing people as individuals. Their politically correct social justice warrior attitude is obsessed with differences, and pushing identity politics above all else.
Now, Canadian taxpayers and academic freedom are being sacrificed for Trudeau’s SJW ideology.