Canada is well on its way to being the most woke nation in the world ever (if Trudeau hadn’t already firmly established that).
Now, the CBC has obtained speaking notes prepared for Service Canada managers and team leaders that call for front-line staff to use “use gender-neutral language or gender-inclusive language” effective immediately.
That means Service Canada employees should stay away from using terms like Mr., Mrs., father and mother. Service Canada, by the way, “provides access to the full range of government services and benefits that Canadians want and need.” This includes Employment Insurance, the Canada Pension Plan, and Old Age Security.
Furthermore, employees should address subjects by their full names or, better yet, ask them what they’d like to be called. Of course, some people couldn’t handle the new directive…
Screw you, Service Canada! I'm a Mr. and a father. And my wife is Mrs. and mother. And this is how we want to be called!
— kromag (@Kostik_DLR) March 21, 2018
(Someone tell that guy he can literally be referred to as whatever he damn well pleases).
“This avoids portraying a perceived bias toward a particular sex or gender,” says the copy. “It is important that Service Canada, as an organization, reflects Canada’s diverse population and ensures that the views and interests of Canadians are taken into account when we develop policies, programs, services and initiatives.”
One official interviews by the CBC said the initiative has already been implemented and has caused a few irregular interactions.
“Some customers feel less respected,” said the official, who prefers to remain anonymous. “People of a certain age expect us to be polite. It bothers them when we call them by their first and last name.” They also said people don’t understand references to “parent number one.”
Should you feel wrongly addressed, you can file a complaint to …Service Canada?