Trudeau: Temporary foreign worker program 'anti-Alberta'


mentalfloss
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Trudeau: Temporary foreign worker program 'anti-Alberta'

OTTAWA -- Justin Trudeau is describing the Conservative government's embattled temporary foreign worker program as "one of the most anti-Alberta federal policies we've seen in decades."

The Liberal leader made the remarks this week in Fort McMurray while campaigning in advance of Monday's byelection in the heart of oilsands country with candidate Kyle Harrietha.

The comment invites comparisons to Pierre Trudeau's national energy program, a policy still reviled by Albertans 34 years after it sought to distribute the province's oil wealth to poorer parts of the country.

In the past, Trudeau has taken pains to distance himself from his father's energy policies.

On Wednesday, he accused the Tories of mishandling the temporary foreign workers file for so long that "they're now putting in caps that are going to hurt people in Fort McMurray," a community with low unemployment and a booming economy.

"Bringing in blanket changes the way they have has even got some of the local Conservatives very, very uncomfortable with the way the government has mishandled this file."
The Conservatives mocked Trudeau's comments, saying he advocated a moratorium on the entire low-skilled temporary foreign worker stream earlier this year in the House of Commons.

Alexandra Fortier, spokeswoman for Employment Minister Jason Kenney, said wages in the food services sector in Alberta have not kept pace with other industries.

In Alberta, which has the highest number of temporary foreign workers in the country, median wages have gone up by 31 per cent since 2006 and inflation by 14 per cent, Fortier said in an email.

"However, in the food services sector, a leading user of the temporary foreign worker program, wages have only increased by eight per cent since 2006," she said.

"These numbers clearly show that the temporary foreign worker program is no longer being used as it was intended to be used -- as a last and limited resort to allow employers to bring foreign workers to Canada on a temporary basis to fill jobs for which qualified Canadians are not available."

The new changes include a limit on the number of foreign workers that large- and medium-sized companies are permitted to hire, stiffer penalties for companies found to be violating the new rules and on-site audits and inspections to guard against abuse.

Nonetheless, Conservatives are raising alarm bells about last week's overhaul unveiled by Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. The three men who hope to become

Alberta's next premier, including front-runner Jim Prentice, say the reforms unduly punish the province.

MP Brian Storseth, who represents the nearby Westlock-St. Paul riding, said in a radio interview this week that employers rely on temporary foreign workers in northern Alberta. He adds there are simply no unemployed Canadians available to fill positions.

In a radio interview on Lac la Biche's Big Dog 103.5, Storseth said he plans to write Kenney to ask that northern Alberta be exempted from the overhaul.

Trudeau: Temporary foreign worker program 'anti-Alberta' | CTV News
 
Walter
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He doesn't even like Canada, how would he know what is anti-Alberta.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

He doesn't even like Canada, how would he know what is anti-Alberta.


Well, Trudeau is a former drama teacher and snow board instructor... That makes him qualified in all things to do with an economy
 
mentalfloss
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Nothing about the actual policy eh?


That's what I thought.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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What's Trudeau's 'policy'?.... That's right, he no policy on anything
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Nothing about the actual policy eh?


That's what I thought.

You think?
 
taxslave
No Party Affiliation
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The real problem is that our socialist governments don't have the balls to force the unemployed in the southern cities to go to where the jobs are instead of collecting welfare. Then again many of them are so lazy that even rotten ronnies probably would not want them. The foreign workers come with a work ethic. Something sadly lacking in Canadians. And I am including many of my union brothers in this.
 
petros
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But they won't be paid the same as somebody who has worked for 30 years and bitch and whine they have to work their way up the ladder not get dropped off on top by a corporate helicopter.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

You think?

Of course not.

Seems all they have left these days are ad hominem.
 
petros
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What is the fix? Bus tickets, living allowances and tax ctedits to lure unemployed from ON an PQ?
 
mentalfloss
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Michael Den Tandt: Personal attacks on Justin Trudeau won’t win Stephen Harper the next election
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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... But personal attacks from Mulcair and the Dippers that are fighting for their lives in Que will work.

It's all over but the cryin' MF... Cryin' your sad, bitter tears
 
mentalfloss
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Why would I be crying over people waking up to the truth?

This last year has been great for the change in public opinion alone.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Remember just last day how I took apart your messiah Nik Nanos?

Really man, time to grow up and move on
 
mentalfloss
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You didn't take apart anything.

You cherry picked an article from 4 years ago about one pollster and used that to claim we should ignore polls.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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He was supporting Hudak.... Not quite 4 years ago now, was it?
 
petros
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Fire up the Greyhounds and ESL classes for the millions of unemployed in Quebec. They think they are foreign...
 

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