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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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Canadian labour history sheds light on current migrant labour issues

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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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Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Let the critiques begin!

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Critiques of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program abound from inside, and outside, parliament after the announcement of changes to the program.

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Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program met with criticism

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The federal government changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program received criticism just minutes after the announcement on Friday from opposition politicians and activists across the country.

Liberal MP John McCallum said the changes deserve a grade of C+. NDP MP Pat Martin said that the good news is the fact the government acknowledges the program is broken. The bad news, he adds, is that "they have done little to actually fix it."

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TFW? WTF: A roundtable discussion on Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 6:30pm

Location

YWCA Hotel
733 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada
49° 16' 42.2652" N, 123° 6' 46.6596" W

Since 2003, the number of Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW's) in Canada has more than tripled. The push for expansion of the TFW Program has largely come from employers’ organizations and business lobbies. Meanwhile permanent pathways to residency have been drastically impacted -- from exclusionary refugee laws to cuts to family sponsorships. 

The more than 300,000 migrant workers in Canada are tied to their employer and have limited rights. If they quit their jobs or are fired, they face deportation. Stories of poor working conditions, unpaid wages and other abuse are common and finally filling the media. 

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