Staff at Service Canada – the federal agency that connects Canadians to government services and benefits such as pension and employment insurance – were issued guidelines asking them to use gender-neutral or gender-inclusive language so as to avoid “portraying a perceived bias towards a particular sex or gender”.
Honorifics such as Mr, Mrs, Ms, “can be seen/perceived as gender specific by a client,” according to the document seen by French-speaking broadcaster Radio Canada and Huffington Post Canada. Instead, Service Canada’s employees should address citizens by full names or use their preferred way of naming themselves.
Conservative MP Larry Miller thinks the changes are over the top. “Their priorities are way out of whack,” he told reporters. “[It’s] totally ridiculous. I have a mother and I have a father. Anybody out there, even if you were born through a surrogate you still have a mother and a father biologically… We all have a mother and a father. That’s all I have to say.”
Justin Trudeau’s liberal government had earlier introduced a number of similar proposals, including the adoption of a gender-neutral anthem, in which the second line of the text was changed from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.”
Justin Trudeau also previously urged woman who uses ‘mankind’ to say ‘peoplekind’ instead in a ‘gender neutral’ obsession.