Lordy. For a moment the other day I thought that I might have to change my poster for Jason Kenney's leadership campaign, fearing that he had finally gone over the deep end.
And that the combination of his sagging personal popularity, his sinking leadership chances, and/or his painful chastity vows, had caused him to lose control of himself.
For what else could explain this Twitter explosion?
TFW issue has roots in Reform's anti-immigration bias - explosion in "temporary" category is all about segregating and excluding. #cdnpoili
— Bob Rae (@BobRae48) April 30, 2014
Bob Rae tweets THAT? And gets EIGHTEEN tweets in return?
But just as I was about to suggest that Jason spend a few hours in the rubber room, along with his deranged leader Stephen Harper, I realized why he was so upset: the truth HURTS.
Because nothing Kenney says can conceal the fact that the main reason he slammed the brakes on the fast food sector of the Temporary Foreign Workers program so suddenly, after feeding it for so many years...
...is because it was riling up the Reform rednecks in the ghastly Conservative Coalition.
A more convincing explanation for Mr. Kenney’s sudden change of heart was the damage the issue was doing to the government’s political base. Remember, the successful Conservative coalition assembled by Stephen Harper has always encompassed an uneasy mix of social and economic conservatives.
Economic conservatives, represented most vociferously by the small business lobby, supported the TFW program as an effective way to reduce labour costs...Most social conservatives, on the other hand, are skeptical. There remains a sizeable anti-immigrant streak among small-c conservatives.
Who love their slave labour, but hate those damn immigrants. !#@!!!
So Bob Rae was right. And got the last laugh...
News item that Twitter stock has plunged. Jason Kenney better ease up. #cdnpoIiWhile Kenney is still trying to conceal this other inconvenient truth: nobody but NOBODY has done more to pimp foreign workers to the fast food industry, and get the country hooked on them, than old Jayson K himself.
— Bob Rae (@BobRae48) April 30, 2014
Last year, the restaurant industry rose to the top slot of occupations given so-called labour market opinions (LMOs), basically approvals to hire temporary foreign workers. Six years ago, restaurants didn't even appear in the top 10.
Even if that means repeating Europe's disastrous experience.
Europe is now paying the price of those programs a generation later," said Foster, pointing to the riots in France where the creation of so-called second-tier of citizens, the temporary foreign workers, was partly blamed for fuelling innercity tensions.
And even if it means betraying young Canadians.
Canada’s youth unemployment remains stubbornly high. It is sitting at about its historic level over four decades, under Liberal and Conservative governments. It has never dipped below 10 per cent during that time.
The difference now is that the current Conservative government appears to be enablers of youth unemployment, allowing programs that import young foreign workers to spiral out of control at the expense of young Canadians.
Or stealing the jobs of Canadian helicopter pilots.
Count Canadian helicopter pilots among those outraged by the federal government's troubled temporary foreign worker program. Pilots say they're being denied jobs in favour of cheaper temporary foreign workers.
One longtime helicopter pilot says temporary foreign workers are typically paid half of what their Canadian counterparts make, and accuses helicopter operators of capitalizing on the program to increase their profit margins.
Because although we have some of the best pilots in the world, even those jobs Kenney would deny us.
And the good news? Young Canadians have never had a better reason to vote, to save their jobs from the Cons who would steal them.
And because I admire our Canadian helicopter pilots so much, especially those who risk their lives to save the lives of others.
I made this very humble video last year to honour a lost crew from Ontario's ORNGE ambulance service...
So I too will REMEMBER.
Remember how Kenney and his foul Cons would dishonour their memory and betray their colleagues, and all those other Canadians from our kids to our veterans.
And I will keep repeating this message all the way to the next election:
For the sake of Canada, the traitorous Cons must be defeated.
For the sake of decency, the shameless Kenney must resign...
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