Monday, July 23, 2007

Dalton McGuinty Apologizes to Evon Reid

I won't talk at length on this. It's done and over and Dalton McGuinty handled it properly.

Mr. McGuinty personally apologized to Evon Reid for the actions of a civil servant in the cabinet office. In case you're not aware, Mr. Reid applied for a job as a media analyst and was copied on an inappropriate email from an employee of the cabinet office; the email referred to him as a "ghetto dude".

The Torontoist says it best in describing the situation:
A low-level part-time contract employee saying something extremely stupid is not an example of a systemic problem of racism in the Ontario government. In fact, it's the kind of situation to which Hanlon's razor applies perfectly: never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

That is the situation in a nutshell; I don't believe for an instance there is systemic racism within the Ontario government, nor within the Ontario Liberals either.

I disagree with the Torontoist, however, in its criticism of the Opposition calling on the government to apologize for this incident.

It wasn't too long ago that the Premier had to agree to a statement made by John Tory (video available from the Agenda blog post on the Mike Colle issue) that no member of the Opposition was motivated by racism:

The McGuinty Liberals have been accused of fumbling the grant fund political hot potato. Minister Mike Colle at first tried stalling, then Premier McGuinty accused the Opposition of racism for questioning the grants to immigrant services groups. That incensed PC Leader John Tory and NDP MPP Michael Prue. Finally, an ashen-faced McGuinty caved into pressure, apologized and called in the Provincial Auditor.

Not apologizing for this incident would have come back to bite them hard.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd expect a conservative to say that its "no big deal". The govm't is overwhelmingly "unfriendly" to blacks. This is just ONE EXAMPLE. But lets sweep it under the rug and pretend like this is an exceptional attitude taken by managers and hiring staff.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe how a person could think let alone say something like that about another person. When will people realize that the colour of our skin does not put us into categories of ghetto and high class. No one could understand the pain this causes so many people around the world of every race and origin. Saying sorry on the behalf of the person who wrote this does not in my mind fix anything....the person sending and the person who rec'd the email and most likely a lot of others are thinking the same thing.

Sam said...

The statement that "not an example of a systemic problem of racism in the Ontario government" is absurd.
How could some minor civil servant feel safe in using a term like that in an internal email unless he trusted the recipients to not be offended by it? It's the "Lone Moron" theory.

Sam said...

The statement that "not an example of a systemic problem of racism in the Ontario government" is absurd.
How could some minor civil servant feel safe in using a term like that in an internal email unless he felt
he was in an environment where it was
acceptable to do so?