Backlash Against Employment Equity: The British Columbia Experience

  • Abigail B. Bakan Queen's University
  • Audrey Kobayashi Queen's University
Keywords: Employment discrimination, Government policy, Liberal party of Canada, Neoliberalism, New Democratic Party of Canada

Abstract

Employment equity policy in the province of British Columbia has undergone a corrosive, back door backlash, compared to Ontario's more classic, or front door, backlash under a similar neoliberal government shift. Using interviews and policy analysis, we document the process. Understanding local variations in the backlash phenomenon is important to strategies to combat oppression and systemic discrimination.

Author Biographies

Abigail B. Bakan, Queen's University
Abigail B. Bakan is professor of Political Studies and Women's Studies at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. Her recentpublications include Negotiating Citizenship: Migrant Women in Canada and the Global System (with Daiva Stasiulis); NotOne of the Family: Foreign Domestic Workers in Canada (co-edited with Daiva Stasiulis); and Critical Political Studies: Debates and Dialogues from the Left (co-edited with Eleanor MacDonald). Abigail B. Bakan and Audrey Kobayashi have jointly written extensively on employment equity policy in Canada, including Employment Equity Policy in Canada: An Interprovincial Comparison.
Audrey Kobayashi, Queen's University
Audrey Kobayashi is professor of Geography and Women's Studies at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. She is coeditor of the Blackwell Companion to Gender Studies, and editor of Women, Work and Place, and Re-making Human Geography. She was a member of the Advisory Committee to the President of the Treasury Board on Employment Equity, and of the Treasury Board Task Force on Visible Minorities in the Public Service. Abigail B. Bakan and Audrey Kobayashi have jointly written extensively on employment equity policy in Canada, including Employment Equity Policy in Canada: An Interprovincial Comparison.
Published
2004-10-01