How would you answer that question, are you parent number one or parent number two?
Most dads would automatically say number two, needed as we are, mothers come first. But this isn’t a theoretical question, this is what federal government employees are now having to do after the Liberal government brought in a new directive on how Service Canada employees must speak to the public.
When CBC broke the story the other day they mentioned that this is not a policy that is about to be introduced, it is in place and as one civil servant told them, it is causing confusion.
“It happens that we talk to people and we ask, ‘What is the name of parent number one?’ People do not understand,” said the official.
I wouldn’t understand either but apparently this confusion is all because some people, a very small minority of activists, find terms like mother and father discriminatory.
Also gone under this new directive, calling someone Mr., Mrs. or Ms. until they tell you that is how they wish to be addressed.
“This avoids portraying a perceived bias toward a particular sex or gender,” says a copy of speaking notes prepared for managers and team leaders. “It is important that Service Canada, as an organization, reflects Canada’s diverse population and ensures that the views and interests of Canadians are taken into account when we develop policies, programs, services and initiatives.”
Well what about the millions of Canadians that the current system worked for? Their views don’t count.
If you thought that Justin Trudeau’s peoplekind comment was a joke or a one off then think again. This is how this government thinks.
The budget will have to balance itself because this gang is too busy rewriting the way we speak to each other to worry about fiscal responsibility or any other matter of state.