Using the distraction of police violence against protesters that was on display at the G20 Summit marches in Toronto, the Canadian government once again affirmed their commitment to the movement of people across their borders only as cheap and replaceable labour.
'For far too long we've let some of our opponents define us:' CUPE president Paul Moist bridges gaps in the trade union movement
No man is an island, but Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) president Paul Moist hopes no trade union is either. As one of the speakers at the Common Causes teach-in, coinciding with the Conservative Party’s convention in Calgary, he’s joining a panel that includes famed environmentalist David Suzuki, Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat First Nation and Council of Canadians national chairperson Maude Barlow.
Labour advocates and immigration agencies have warned for years about deep flaws in Canada's rapidly growing migrant labour program. Employers enjoyed wide leeway to tap desperate pools of foreign labour to fill Canadian jobs, paying below-market wages and accessing a more vulnerable, compliant workforce.
There has been much bristling over the Royal Bank of Canada's recent move to replace 50 Canadian employees with temporary foreign workers. Yes Canada’s largest bank, with profits in excess of $7 billion, was caught sending Canadian jobs overseas in order to save a few bucks.
But I for one will say that critics have rushed to judgment far too quickly. Their mistake? Forgetting that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program reaches back to the very roots of Canada -- to our national DNA if you will.
A proud part of our history