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Ont. Financial Chaos – Temp. Foreign Workers

Ont. Financial Chaos – Temp. Foreign Workers

Premier Kathleen Wynne has never disguised her belief that the government is an essential facilitator of commercial activity. The Liberals don’t believe the market has the acumen to thrive on its own, or pick its own winners and losers. The recent budget, the defeat of which sparked the current election, was stuffed with “targeted” spending to be doled out to companies and operations the government decided were worthy of help. Ms. Wynne regularly suggests governments “create” jobs in this way, just as the government of Dalton McGuinty insisted it could “create” an alternative energy industry by heavily subsidizing money-losing solar and windmill operations. The dramatic failure of that scheme has not diluted the Liberals’ belief that governments help lead the marketplace.

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/05/30/kelly-mcparland-the-mars-boondoggle-perfectly-reflects-liberal-views-on-the-use-of-tax-dollars-to-hide-mistakes/

Temp. Foreign Workers

Yet another report, this time by SFU Public Policy Professor Dominique M. Gross, finds evidence that Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program is bad for domestic workers. The report looks at BC and Alberta specifically and concludes that the expansion of the TFW program between 2007 and 2010 resulted in an increase in unemployment levels by 4.8 percentage points in BC and 3.1 percentage points in Alberta. You can read the full report here or see Tara Carman’s article about it in the Vancouver Sun here.

This report confirms what I found in my recent CCPA report, BC Jobs Plan Reality Check. Despite slow job creation, the number of temporary foreign workers in BC grew by 28% in just four years, between December 2008 and December 2012 (the latest numbers available).

And while temporary foreign workers take up a small share of available jobs (just over 3% of all BC jobs in December 2012), the net increase in temporary foreign workers since the recession is very large relative to the few net new jobs created.

http://www.policynote.ca/temporary-foreign-worker-program-takes-jobs-away-from-canadians/

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