A card no one has in their hand to play

At about the 3:20 mark of this interview with Heritage Minister James Moore, discussion turns to the subject of Canadians stranded abroad and Mr. Moore—quite rightly—dismisses those who would play the “race card” on this particular issue. Of course, then he goes on to say the following.

“The Conservative government, our party, is the most ethnically diverse political party in the House of Commons. We have more Canadians from more backgrounds and more diversity than any political party in Canada.”

Indeed, the Conservative caucus includes 12 MPs who the Public Policy Forum identified as “non-white,” meaning the government side is a mere 91.6% white.

Mind you, if you choose to measure your diversity as a percentage of the population, the prize goes to the Liberal side, which is only 88.3% white.

By the PPF’s count, 7.8% of Canada’s 40th Parliament is “non-white,” a slight decrease from the 39th Parliament. For the record, visible minorities account for some 16 percent of the general population.

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