Andrew Griffith is an author, commentator and blogger. He has worked for various government departments in Canada and abroad. He is a fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and the Environics Institute.

Articles by this author

Citizenship: Getting the Balance Right

The Conservative Government made “citizenship harder to get and easier to lose.” Residency, knowledge and language were all tightened (with reduced administrative discretion to waive language requirements and an exhaustive residency questionnaire introduced), fees more …

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Diversity among federal and provincial judges

With the federal government’s general commitment to increased diversity in appointments, and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s current review of the judicial appointment process, there needs to be a baseline of information about the current diversity …

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Diversity in GiC appointments

Following my 2016 baseline study of the diversity of Governor in Council (GiC) appointments (Governor in Council Appointments - 2016 Baseline), I have analyzed 2016 and early 2017 appointments using the GiC appointments index. There …

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Diversity in political backrooms still lacking

My piece in The Hill Times: The Liberal government included in its mandate letters to all ministers a “commitment to transparent, merit-based appointments, to help ensure gender parity and that indigenous Canadians and minority groups are better …

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Diversity in the Senate

With the large number of Senate appointments made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a more independent role for individual senators, a look at the current level of diversity in the Upper Chamber is timely. In …

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Employment Equity: What the Data Shows

Here is an excerpt from Multiculturalism in Canada: Evidence and Anecdote. It combines analysis from federal employment equity reports with National Household Survey data to provide a more comprehensive picture of how visible minorities are faring …

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Government appointments and diversity

The Liberal government promised a diversity and inclusion agenda, and made specific commitments to ensure more inclusive representation in appointments. A year later, how well have they implemented this commitment? There is gender parity in cabinet, …

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How to debate immigration issues in Canada

Given the polarization between those who advocate for more immigration and those who advocate for less, we need guidelines to facilitate more respectful and informative debates. I also suggest some alternative language for both viewpoints, …

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Implementing diversity and inclusion in Parliament

With the appointment of parliamentary secretaries and opposition critics, we now have a more comprehensive picture of gender and visible minority diversity in Parliament’s leadership positions. How well has the Liberal government implemented its overall …

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Is Canada’s population too small?

In Maximum Canada: Why 35 Million Canadians Are Not Enough, Doug Saunders provides a more sophisticated and nuanced discussion of the advantages of large-scale immigration and a larger population than others, such as the Advisory …

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Multiculturalism: Getting the Balance Right

With a federal election upon us and the possible change of government, what are the policy changes an incoming government may wish to consider, and which policies may it wish to keep? The Conservative Government under …

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My take on the Citizenship Act changes: Finding the centre

The proposed changes to the Citizenship Act announced 25 February by Minister McCallum focussed on implementing the Liberal platform and ministerial mandate commitments, rather than full-scale repeal of the previous Conservative government’s legislation and related measures. The package …

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Religious Minorities in the Public Service

Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, stated during the controversy over the wearing of a niqab at citizenship ceremonies that hijabs and niqabs “are frequently worn” in the public service and that “I’m sure …

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The impact of citizenship fees on naturalization

The previous Conservative government’s hiking up of citizenship application fees – from $100 to $530 – revealed a particular philosophy: that citizenship is a private, rather than a public, benefit. The move had measurable consequences. Data …

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The new cabinet: greater diversity and inclusion

The charts shows the overall representation of Canada's new Parliament (the 2011 Parliament equivalent is shown below). Canadian Sikhs predominate as four out of the five visible minority ministers are Sikh: Navdeep Bains, Harjit Sajjan, Amarjeet …

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The Order of Canada and diversity

In Budget 2015, the then Conservative government announced additional funding of $13.4 million over five years and $2.8 million in ongoing funding for the Canadian Honours System. This aimed to “bring [honours] closer to all …

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The pendulum swing on government service fees

Budget 2017 proposes to replace the User Fees Act of 2004 with a streamlined new “Service Fees Act.” Both acts cover government fees charged for products, regulatory processes, authorizations, permits or licences, facilities; and for …

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