Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Jason Kenney and the Great Foreign Workers Scam
OMG. Can you believe that shameless Jason Kenney? First him and his Cons brought in a flood of foreign workers.
Then he claimed there was a skill shortage and there wasn't.
Then it was revealed that he has been pimping for a McDonald's franchise.
And now he's trying to get some political mileage by cracking down on the scam he created.
The federal government is investigating a possible violation of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which has been a black eye for the governing Conservatives due to a series of abuses.
The government is investigating allegations that an owner of a McDonald's franchise in Victoria broke the rules of the program, Employment Minister Jason Kenney said in a statement Sunday.
While no doubt trying to dodge questions about why the Cons made it so easy for so many businesses to hire them?
The program has also been criticized because some companies looking to reduce labour costs look to the program as the first option in hiring, rather than the last.
Why they created the program in the first place when so many Canadians were unemployed?
Some estimates suggest the number of temporary workers in Canada doubled in seven years to about 340,000 as of December 2012. The biggest growth came in the years following the 2008-09 recession, when hundreds of thousands of Canadians were out of work.
And why so many of the foreign workers are filling so called McJobs?
The CLC has also crunched the numbers for the first half of 2013, and has found that jobs in accommodation/food services account for about 20% of temporary foreign worker positions. If retail and other service jobs are included, low-wage service jobs made up about a third of all positions.
So much for the tough talk. How about explaining why McJobs are being outsourced to temporary foreign workers in the first place?
At a time when the unemployment rate for young Canadians is twice the national average, and even those lousy jobs are denied them.
Tim Turcot is a 21-year-old local resident who said he applied to work there during the same period. He wasn’t hired, despite his four years of restaurant experience. “I don’t know why they didn’t hire me. I told them I am available 24/7 and just never got the job,” said Turcot.
When asked what it was like being shut out of McDonald’s during a time of 14 per cent youth unemployment, he said, “It’s not fun. Why not give us [Canadian applicants] a chance, instead of people who don’t actually live here yet?”
But of course we know the answer to all of the above questions. The Cons have flooded us with foreign workers because they want to drive wages down.
And they don't care about young people because they don't vote for them.
An Elections Canada pilot program aimed at encouraging student voting during the 2015 election could be grounded if the Fair Elections Act passes, students groups fear.
The Huffington Post Canada has learned that Elections Canada met with several student groups last summer to develop new ways to increase voter turnout among young people.
Under the Conservatives’ Fair Elections Act, Bill C-23, however, Elections Canada’s chief electoral officer would no longer have the ability to “implement public education and information programs” to groups such as students.
And the good news?
If we can get the message out that the Cons are stealing their jobs, AND trying to make it harder for them to vote, so they can't help change the situation.
We might get more young Canadians to cast ballots in the next election than we have ever seen before...
Which is why I'm already working on my message eh?
First I'm hitting them with this something like this...
Because they know a loser when they see one.
And then until I can make my own videos, I'm following it up with something that I borrowed from the Quebec election campaign.
The kind of ad that the Cons don't want Elections Canada to make...
With the message all young Canadians must hear.
Your vote is POWER.
And if you wield it wisely, you CAN make a difference.
And we WILL crush the Cons...
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