Misplaced blame on migrants in Temporary Foreign Worker controversy

Global News

Watch above: The Conservative government has forbidden the fast food industry from hiring any more temporary foreign workers – for now, at least.  Jennifer Tryon reports.

A sudden moratorium on Canadian fast food restaurants hiring temporary foreign labour could put the livelihoods of many migrant workers, who may already be in vulnerable situations, at risk.

And, those who advocate for migrant workers say the program’s latest controversy is helping perpetuate a belief that foreign labourers themselves are to blame for Canadians being out of work.

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“It’s the misuse of the program that really is the problem,” said Ken Georgetti, the executive director of the Canadian Labour Congress. “They are the victims, not the villains.

“We’ve warned that the government is setting up a divisive and dangerous situation, that will pit Canadians against migrant workers because of the perception that some of…

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