CBC’s panel for the Ontario election consisted entirely of white, men.
This is in one of Canada’s most racially diverse provinces too. Plus where are the women (they make up half the population)?
CBC needs to do better than this, and sadly they’ve been holding these ‘manels’ for a long time. I’m a white man and even I’m getting tired of this kind of thing. Diversity matters and representation matters.
I want to hear the viewpoints of people that don’t look like me. I want to hear the viewpoints of people with different lived experience than my own. I want to hear the view points of racialized Canadians and Women.
I’ve learned more about this country and social inequalities (such as systemic racism and rape culture) by following people of colour (and in particular women of colour) and women on twitter and tumblr than I ever have by hearing the same viewpoints given by the same middle aged white men on CBC’s panels.