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Black public servants looking for political champions to fight battle in House, Senate

By Emily Haws      

The Federal Black Employee Caucus has already met with PCO clerk Michael Wernick and PSPC deputy minister Bill Matthews, and wants interest to turn into action.

Federal Black Employee Caucus founder Richard Sharpe says that Black employees still face systemic racism in the public service, epitomized by the fact there's never been a Black deputy minister. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

A new group advocating for the rights of Black public servants says that to combat the systemic racism employees face, specific data on Black Canadians is required to get a better picture of the issues it says need to be addressed. And with less than six years left in a UN decade for people of African descent, the group says Parliamentarians should be appointed to ensure their issues don’t fall through the cracks.

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