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PM wants to move 'very quickly' on anti-racism initiatives, minister says

Last Updated Jun 15, 2020 at 1:52 pm PDT

President of the Treasury Board Jean-Yves Duclos takes part in a press conference on Parliament Hill amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Monday, June 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Summary

Jean-Yves Duclos says the government is making modest progress at diversifying the federal public service

The government should help others remove barriers to progress for Canadians of different racial backgrounds: Duclos

He says advances can be made in education, public safety, and Indigenous relations

OTTAWA — Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos says the prime minister wants to move “very quickly” to dismantle barriers that contribute to systemic racism.

Duclos says the government is making modest progress at diversifying the federal public service, but there is more work to do, especially in the senior ranks.

More broadly, Duclos said Monday, the government can and should help others remove barriers to progress for Canadians of different racial backgrounds.

Duclos says it’s about empowering everyone to see the obstacles that others are facing.

He rhymed off a list of areas, including education, public safety, and Indigenous relations, where advances in equity can be made.

Duclos says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already engaged his team “to work very quickly and very efficiently” in coming up with a way forward.