National Post and CBC commentator Rex Murphy was the subject of a public apology by the National Post in todays edition over an article Murphy wrote earlier last week. In the article Murphy took exception to the portrayal of Canada by Prime Minister Trudeau and Infrastructure Minister Catharine McKenna as a racist country. Wrote Murphy in part:
Do we not have welcoming immigration policies? Are our largest cities not a great montage of people from every corner of the world, of every colour and creed? Do we not, both in private and public, celebrate Canada’s multicultural nature? Do our schools not press the ideas of tolerance and acceptance toward all peoples and all faiths from kindergarten through high school? Is it not a doctrine of Canadian civic life that to end any trace of discrimination or racism is a cardinal rationale for the very existence of modern Canada.
In fact, to give Canada credit, it has for decades now worked in every venue — from corporations, to the public service, to the arts and universities — to set goals and standards designed to eliminate pernicious bigotries. It is therefore strange that after so much honest effort, so many advances in public thought and practice, so great a march from those times past when racism and bigotry were indeed rife and accepted, that an inventory of how far we have come is never taken; that the advances remain unacknowledged or unspoken; and that citizens hear so often from their betters how “racist and discriminatory” they are.
The Post did not delete the Murphy article from its website but it posed the disclaimer below on the article.
The Post also published a similarly-worded apology in its print edition today.
Vice Media reported that the column sparked an angry outcry in the Post Newsroom, where half of the publication’s newsroom staff denounced the article. Editorial staff blamed the publication on an “editing error” where two people each thought the other was editing the article before publication. Black members of the Post staff said the article made them feel unwelcome.