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Is Harper really talking tough on temporary foreign workers?

Date

2014-01-15

Auteurs

PressProgress

Résumé

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has delivered a scathing critique of the controversial Temporary Foreign Worker program, saying the government has been "assisting these companies to work around the marketplace in a way that disadvantaged Canadian workers only for the sake of the bottom line profit."

In an audio recording leaked Wednesday to a Vancouver newspaper of a recent roundtable discussion with local ethnic media, Harper's blunt analysis of the troubled program raises the question: will the Conservative government follow through to crack down on employers that abuse the TFW program — after facilitating its rapid expansion since 2006.

Most recently, new regulations governing the TFW program dropped a provision from an earlier draft that explicitly banned employers from accessing the TFW program if they were convicted of human trafficking, or of assaulting or uttering threats to an employee.

Meanwhile, Employment Minister Jason Kenney remains a defender of the program to tackle what he says is a skills shortage in Canada.

Listen to Harper for yourself. Is Harper blaming the bureaucracy and the previous government for the whole debacle?

Titre du journal

Press Progress

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Secteurs économiques

General relevance - all sectors

Types de contenu

Current Policy

Groupes cibles

Sensibilisation du public, Syndicats et ONG/groupes communautaires/réseaux de solidarité

Pertinence géographique

Fédéral et National relevance

Sphères d’activité

Science politique

Langues

Anglais