The Temporary Foreign Worker Program of the Canadian government is coming under increasing scrutiny and criticism as the number of employers tapping into it increases and as reports of abuse and exploitation rise accordingly.
The program was the subject of an evening panel discussion in Vancouver on November 27 at this week's biannual convention of the B.C. Federation of Labour. Some 100 delegates attended the forum.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets here yesterday for the monthly protest march of Quebec's student movement. The movement has organized monster, monthly marches on the 22nd of each month since March of this year.
The march was an impressive display of militancy and determination just 12 days before a provincial election to take place on September 4. Some members of the radical CLASSE student association said that 100,000 people took part. A "professional counter" employed by the state broadcasting network Radio Canada gave a figure of 12,500. The broadcaster has routinely downplayed or not reported at all the size of past marches.
Montreal, QC--The three-day 'Popular Summer University' of Nouveaux cahiers du socialisme (NCS) featured two full days and one evening of informed and inspiring discussion and debate on the current political situation in Quebec and the prospects for building a militant, working class movement on a socialist program. The following is a summary of the key sessions that this writer attended.
Last night, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Montreal, on the same day of the call to a provincial election by the Liberal Party government of Quebec Premier Jean Charest.
Radio Canada and La Presse report that many thousands took part. They gathered at Place Émilie-Gamelin in the center of the city and marched from 9p.m. to close to midnight. Around 10:30p.m., Montreal police declared the march "illegal," but that didn't deter anyone in the march. Radio Canada says 17 people were arrested, many for throwing firecrackers.