The Liberal Party’s Temporary Foreign Worker Stance

From a search of www.liberal.ca and news articles we possess

The Liberal Party’s Stance

  • Scale back the program. 3   4   5   9
  • General promise of greater transparency and accountability, accurate data. genuine enforcement of rules5
  • Compulsory workplace audits 2
  • Mandatory:
    • complaint tracking system 2
    • disclosure of abuse investigations, employer compliance reviews, and monthly disclosure of # TFWs by region, NOC code & employer. 2  
  • Full review of TFW program by the Auditor General 4   9
  • Public disclosure of jobs given to TFWs 4   9
  • Requiring more evidence of efforts to find Canadians.4  9
  • Give temporary foreign workers opportunities to become citizens. 1
    • By Calgary Liberal candidates, not commented on by Justin Trudeau
  • More permanent immigrants with paths to citizenship 5  9 
  • Above: Points in orange are ones specifically mentioned by Justin Trudeau
  • More from Justin Trudeau
  • Trudeau voted for NDP motion in April 2014 asking for immediate moratorium on low-skilled TFW stream6
  • Criticized June 2014 ‘caps (on TFW Program) that “are going to hurt people in Fort McMurray,” 7
  • Justin Trudeau wrote letter asking for TFW permit for restaurant that had its application denied 8
    • A number of other Liberal, NDP and Conservatives MPs also did. 8
  • Our view: The Liberals promise modest specific improvements, such as disclosing investigations and better rule enforcement.
  • However, a general pledge to scale back the TFW Program has no specifics on how many TFWs will be allowed in.
  • There is no mention of an overall cap on the number of TFWs coming in, and no mention of any additional premium that might be charged to companies to take away incentives to abuse the program.

    Better than the Conservatives, but seriously lacking

 

  1. Opinion editorial on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
    By Liberal Candidates Matt Grant (Calgary Confederation) & Darshan Kang (Calgary Skyview, MLA Calgary-McCall)
    July 29, 2014
    http://www.liberal.ca/temporary-foreign-worker-program/
  2. Liberals Table Motion to Fix Temporary Foreign Worker Program
    By John McCallum, Liberal Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism critic
    May 28, 2014
    http://www.liberal.ca/liberals-table-motion-fix-temporary-foreign-worker-program/
  3. Liberals Reaching Out to Canadians on Temporary Foreign Worker Program
    By John McCallum, Liberal Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism critic
    May 12, 2014
    http://www.liberal.ca/liberals-reaching-canadians-temporary-foreign-worker-program/
  4. Liberals Propose Reforms to Temporary Foreign Worker Program
    By John McCallum, Liberal Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism critic
    May 5, 2014
    http://www.liberal.ca/liberals-propose-reforms-temporary-foreign-worker-program/
  5. Justin Trudeau’s speech to the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce
    By Justin Trudeau
    June 6, 2014
    http://www.liberal.ca/justin-trudeaus-speech-regina-district-chamber-commerce/
  6. Tories accuse Trudeau of straying from his message on foreign workers program reforms
    By Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau
    Posted July 9, 2014     Updated July 9, 2014                         Accessed April 11, 2015
    http://www.torontosun.com/2014/07/09/tories-accuse-trudeau-of-straying-from-his-message-on-foreign-workers-program-reforms
  7. Justin Trudeau says Tory handling of TFW file ‘anti-Alberta’
    The Canadian Press
    Posted: June 26, 2014                Last Updated: June 26, 2014
    http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/canada/story/1.2688959
  8. Liberals are being hypocritical’: Trudeau sent letter seeking approval for temporary foreign worker permits
    By Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News
    April 17, 2013          Accessed April 11, 2015
    http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/justin-trudeau-sent-letter-seeking-approval-for-temporary-foreign-worker-permits

  9. Justin Trudeau: How to fix the broken temporary foreign worker program
    By Justin Trudeau
    Published May 5, 2014          Accessed April 11, 2015
    http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/05/05/how_to_fix_the_broken_temporary_foreign_worker_program_justin_trudeau.html

 

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  1. Why hasn’t Justin made this an issue during the election and come out in favor of it or get rid of the tfw program all together if he’s really concerned about canidians working

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