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April 30th, 2013 - 5:49pm
OTTAWA – Conservative tweaks to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program are inadequate and fail to protect Canadian jobs.
“Conservatives created this mess, they can’t be trusted to fix it,” said New Democrat HRSDC critic Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain). “The bulk of these changes are just scratching at deep problems that the Conservatives created themselves.”
“The changes announced today are a Band-Aid solution instead of a much-needed overhaul,” said New Democrat Citizenship and Immigration Critic Jinny Sims (Newton – North Delta). “These changes are more about the Conservatives trying to save face rather than saving Canadian jobs.”
Yesterday’s changes fail to address the real problem: Conservatives’ failure to enforce the rules. The program will remain open to abuse without measures to achieve accurate labour market information, to investigate program misuses, and to secure federal cooperation with the provinces to stop the unfair treatment of TFWs. Furthermore, the changes fail to prevent the inappropriate use of intra-company transfers to evade TFW program rules.
“This is just the latest example of Conservatives acting only after they get caught in the media,” said NDP Deputy Critic for Human Resources and Skills Development Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga). “Canadians deserve better and New Democrats will continue to fight for the measures that will save Canadian jobs.”
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