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Diversity, inclusion minister should act as ‘catalyst’ with cross-ministerial power, say advocates

By Samantha Wright Allen      

'It is a weird irony that integration is being isolated this way,' says Anita Singh, while others say there’s an opportunity for the diversity, inclusion, and youth file to play a larger role in government.

Bardish Chagger has been named the new minister of diversity and inclusion—formerly multiculturalism—and youth, the latter of which used to be the prime minister's portfolio. She's also taking on the LGBTQ2 Secretariat, which had been held by recently defeated Alberta Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Renaming the multiculturalism ministry to diversity and inclusion has drawn mixed reactions from affected communities, as advocates await the release of the ministerial mandate letter to signal whether action is likely to come with the new title, or if it’s just “window dressing,” as some fear.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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