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Jason Kenney's disposable workforce of temporary foreign labour

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.

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Edmonton TFW Protest
| February 26, 2015

Employment insurance and Harper's flexibility fanaticism

Photo: flickr/Stephen Harper

As oil prices drop, rumours in the Maritimes are on the rise: the region's migrant workers, who send money home from their jobs "out west," might be coming home for good.

In 2012, the Conservative government made deep cuts to the employment insurance (EI) program. The cuts were meant to encourage workers in high unemployment regions to relocate to low unemployment regions, like Alberta. Now, having heeded the call for mobility, workers will return home to stubbornly high unemployment rates and a hollowed-out EI program.

Welcome to Harper's flexibility fanaticism.

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International Migrants Day: Building solidarity between migrant and Canadian workers

Chris Ramsaroop and Melisa LaRue talk about a grassroots effort to build relationships and solidarity between temporary foreign workers and Canadian workers.

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Building solidarity between migrant and Canadian workers

December 17, 2014
| Chris Ramsaroop and Melisa LaRue talk about a grassroots effort to build relationships and solidarity between temporary foreign workers and Canadian workers.
Length: 28:34 minutes (26.16 MB)
Photo: Paul Bailey/flickr
| December 15, 2014
Photo: Zack Lee/flickr
| December 11, 2014
Source: CANSIM 281-0027
| September 16, 2014

Canadian labour history sheds light on current migrant labour issues

Photo: flickr/Robb North
Calls for the expulsion of temporary foreign workers and preferential hiring of Canadians did do one thing: draw attention to the exploitation of migrant labour in Canada.

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| August 28, 2014
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