This article first appeared April 10, 2018 in Policy Options.
The Liberal government shouldn’t bend to critics of its antiracism consultations, but it should also know racialized Canadians expect meaningful change.
The federal government is about to embark on nationwide antiracism consultations. The initiative is not without its naysayers. The announcement of the $23-million plan in the 2018 budget has been critiqued by prominent Conservative MP Maxime Bernier and media pundits. Warnings to the government to “be careful” and to “keep a low profile” have cast a shadow over the process before it has even begun. If the Liberals intend to follow through on their statement of “standing up for diversity” and “building communities where everyone feels included,” backing down from the consultations and giving in to mainstream media and the right is not an option. Rather, their goal should be to ensure that the time of racialized Canadians and Indigenous people isn’t wasted by this process and that these consultations result in much-needed policy changes.Read more
If you find yourself agreeing with the Conservative opposition’s critique that the Liberals’ new National Housing Strategy doesn’t do enough for the “middle class”(an arbitrary category), you may be unaware of the depth of income inequality and the state of housing affordability in Canada.Read more
During a press conference last Wednesday, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, announced the government’s new immigration plan. Over the course of three years, the government will admit a total amount of 980,000 immigrants and refugees — 310,000 in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020. The details of the new plan were delivered alongside a strong economic argument: Canada’s population is aging, therefore, immigrants are needed to offset future employment shortages and to contribute to our growing economy.Read more
Brittany Andrew-Amofah is the Policy and Research Manager at the Broadbent Institute where she is responsible for setting the research and policy direction of the organization, and managing the Broadbent Institute’s Fellow Program. She also provides regular progressive political commentary to CBC News, CPAC and others.
Brittany’s work focuses on bridging the world of policy, politics and social justice. She works to provide accessible political information that enables others to feel motivated and empowered to become involved in the political process. Her primary focus in on engaging those who’ve been excluded and disenfranchised from the Canadian political system due to system racism, colonization and the concentration of power. She actively works to challenge these system in order to create a better, more social democratic society.
Most recently, she was on the policy team at the Maytree Foundation where her work focused on researching various poverty reduction strategies. She is also a former Program Manager at Harmony Movement, where she delivered diversity and equity training to students, educators and non-profits across Ontario; and a constituency assistant to Councillor Janet Davis.
Brittany currently sits on the board of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and volunteers with Operation Black Vote — an organization working to increase the representation of African Canadians in all levels of government.
Brittany holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Social Sciences in the stream of Social Policy and Equity from York University and holds a Master’s in Political Management from Carleton University.