The federal government is being called out by the United Nations for its use of the term "visible minorities" suggesting it's racist.
But Canada is fighting back.
Ottawa has used the phrase since 1986 in its Employment Equity Act in reference to one of four groups the government seeks to protect against possible discrimination in the workplace.
However, the UN's anti-racist watchdog argues it's inappropriate because any distinction based on race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin is discriminatory.
In preparation for its ensuing "grilling" at committee hearing scheduled for early 2012, the Harper government spent an unreported amount of money to hire academics to research the term's history, hold workshops, canvass provincial and territorial governments and prepare a report on the use of the term in Canada.
The report's conclusion: "While other terms were considered in the research, no other term fully encompassed the goals of addressing labour market disadvantage faced byRead More »from United Nations criticizes Canada for its use of the term “visible minorities”