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Martin Loney

Canadian writer and commentator, author of The Pursuit of Division: Race, Gender, and Preferential Hiring in Canada (1998)

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School swimming pools are emptied to save money, speech therapists laid off and budgets for teaching materials savaged while Ontario teachers continue to set new benchmarks for salaries. Until the province compels province-wide bargaining, the hemorrhage will continue. Alternatively, with per capita costs pushing $7,000, the government could simply by-pass school boards and give parents of school-aged children an equivalent voucher.

Feb. 8, 2001 - from "Ontario teachers' union gives lessons in greed", published in the National Post
Canadian schools have the highest dropout rate in any G7 country apart from the United States. Our schools' feminist bias also engenders a growing gender gap; Canada's ratio of girls to boys graduating from high school is 81:70, the largest gender difference in the G7. In contrast, France and Germany not only have much better overall success rates, they exhibit no significant gender differences. In France the ratio is 86:85 in Germany 86:86.

Feb. 8, 2001 - from "Ontario teachers' union gives lessons in greed", published in the National Post
In the recent province-wide testing of [Ontario's] Grade 3 and 6 students, 51% of Grade 3 and 50% of Grade 6 students failed to meet the provincial reading standard; 48% of Grade 3 and 52% of Grade 6 students failed to meet the provincial writing standard. Math results were little better: 43% of Grade 3 and 49% of Grade 6 students failed to meet the provincial standard. International and inter-provincial comparisons are scarcely more encouraging. The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) ranked students in a number of countries into three groups. Ontario consistently made the middle ranking, behind such countries as Korea, the Slovak Republic, the Netherlands, Taiwan and Hungary. Alberta students scored in the first rank.

Feb. 8, 2001 - from "Ontario teachers' union gives lessons in greed", published in the National Post
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation bargainers are the shock troops of Canada's teachers' unions. A 1996 Ontario Ministry of Education report found the province's salaries were 15% higher than those of the nine other provinces following a decade of increases that outstripped the rest of the country ... The Ontario Teachers Pension Fund is one is one of the largest in North America. The OSSTF executive travels the province in a private jet. ... The salary on offer in Toronto is effectively for a 10-month year; pro rated it is around $85,000 [and] the benefits of Toronto teachers are in a class of their own with semi-private hospital care and dental benefits up to $10,000 annually ... Ontario's teachers work in Canada's most expensive public school system. The per capita cost in Alberta is $5,898 - nearly $1000 lower than Ontario ... Yet Ontario's results are alarming.

Feb. 8, 2001 - from "Ontario teachers' union gives lessons in greed", published in the National Post
Many allegations of racial discrimination rest on no more than the claim that visible minorities lack proportional representation. Problems of appropriate numerical representation for visible minorities have been compounded by pervasive confusion over the numbers involved. It might be thought that those who were obsessed with issues of race would have apprised themselves of basic factual data, but this was frequently not the case.

1998 - from The Pursuit of Division: Race, Gender, and Preferential Hiring in Canada
The absence of effective management and monitoring [of federal government grant programs] is not accidental. The rationale for many funding programs lies in the opportunity they afford for the creation of mutually beneficial relations between politicians, bureaucrats and grant recipients. ... Success for civil servants is measured not in what is achieved in economic or social development but in spending target sums win ways that accord with the interests of their political masters. Since the purpose of the grants is old-fashioned pork-barrel, the absence of accurate accounting is scarecely a surprise. Reform requires not a review of supervisory procedures but a termination of the programs.

Jan. 24, 2000 - from "Another day, another slush fund", published in the National Post
The pay equity decision [to award $4B in back pay to 'underpaid' women in the Canadian federal civil service] is the latest in a line of ill-researched, no-expense-spared interventions by the Human Rights Commission. [It] is not proof of gender discrimination. It is imaginative use of pay-equity legislation to inflate public-sector salaries. The astronomical cost of the pay-equity farrago may finally bring home to Canadians the extraordinary folly unleashed in the name of equity.

Aug. 24, 1998 - from an essay in Time Magazine, August 24th, 1998
The race industry enthusiastically supports the collection of extensive racial data with one striking exception - crime data. This allows the discussion about ethnicity and crime to proceed unencumbered by basic facts. ... Some sources of information do provide insight into the involvement of individuals from different ethnic backgrounds in crime and they suggest that, far from racializing crime, the media reflect real concerns. The Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada, in it's 1997 report on organized crime, noted the role of Jamaican Posse's in the distribution of crack cocaine in Southern Ontario. The Rae Government's Commission on Systemic Racism showed black adults were admitted to prison at five times the rate of white adults, but that Asians were admitted at only half the rate of white adults. The disparity in some offences was striking: The black-white ratio for drug trafficing and importing was twenty-two to one, for weapons offenses, black-white remand rates were nine to one. The race industry claims such figures result from differential policing, but black admisions for drinking and driving offences, a charge in which the police have considerable discretion, are half those of whites.

Oct. 2, 1999 - from "Reporting on the Colour of Crime", published in the National Post
The great advantage of the whacky world of pay equity is that among employees, there are only winners. If Jane is paid too little, Dick is never paid too much. In a world where spiralling public-sector debt has finally reined in public-sector pay awards, pay equity legislation is starting up a new gravy train.

Oct. 20, 1999 - from "Equity ruling shows courts in grip of radical feminism", published in the National Post
Preferential hiring advocates regale Canadians with specious comparisons betweeen men's and women's earnings with ... scant regard for whether apples are being compared with apples. The leaders of the movement, women in their mid-thirties and beyond, might be thought representative of a group that has experienced some marked hardship. In contrast, they represent the only group in the Canadian labour force that can boast striking gains. For many Canadians the last two decades have seen little progress in earnings, with any gains quickly absorbed by tax increases; some have experienced a sharp fall in earnings. A study reported in the Statistics Canada's Canadian Economic Observer (October 1997) highlighted the marked decline in income ... In contrast, the group categorized as "Prime Women" (aged 35 to 54) recorded large increases in employment and striking increases in earnings.

1998 - from The Pursuit of Division: Race, Gender, and Preferential Hiring in Canada
The lack of any convincing evidence that racial minorities or women experienced the contemporary systemic discrimination so frequently claimed on their behalf raises ... questions. How did an industry based on a proverbial stack of cards become so well entrenched? How did Canada, a country which on any international scale appears to enjoy considerable racial harmony, come to be portrayed as profoundly racist, a country in which colour is said to be the defining issue in the life experience of every visible minority? The search for answers leads time and again to the action of politicians and bureaucrats in endorsing the agenda of politics based on group identity.

1998 - from The Pursuit of Division: Race, Gender, and Preferential Hiring in Canada
The proposition that women in the federal public service experience pervasive discrimination should have been laid to rest in 1990 with the publication of the report of a task force set up by Pat Carney, then Treasury Board secretary. The task force -- specifically charged with finding evidence of discrimination, staffed by feminists, and supported by a multi-million-dollar budget -- failed to deliver the goods. In contrast to the mysterious practices of pay equity experts, Statistics Canada provided the task force with the results of cohort studies that asked a straightforward question: Do women in similar occupations, with the same age and length of service as men, receive smaller pay increases over the years? The studies revealed no such pattern.

Oct. 20, 1999 - from "Equity ruling shows courts in grip of radical feminism", published in the National Post
[Re: the politics of gender and race identity] Canadians have financed an increasingly destructive agenda whose outcome is not unity, equality or fairness, but division.

Both the Liberals and Tories cultivated dependent minorities for years, and as a result, our 'vis-min' [visible minority] population has gone from 6.8% in 1986 to 9.3% in 1991 to maybe 12% today. That's what happens when you have an immigration rate of 250,000 per year - or 1% of the population.

Jul. 1, 1996 - quoted in "Canadians Go Home", by Joe Woodard, published in Alberta Report
Porous borders make mean streets.

Jan. 2, 2000 - title of his essay in the National Post newspaper