When he announced the sudden moratorium on new temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in the restaurant industry, Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney tried to reconcile this dramatic about-face with his government's long-standing support for the whole idea of migrant guest workers. So while strongly criticizing a few particular restaurants for their high-profile "abuses" of the program (even though it was usually hard to see what rules were actually broken), he at the same time mounted an energetic defence of the whole Temporary Foreign Workers Program. (Here's my Globe and Mail column on the political reasons for Kenney'
Today, Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced an overhaul to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program including: lifting the ban on hiring Temporary Foreign Workers at fast-food restaurants, increasing application fees for employers who want to hire TFWs, and limiting the number of low-wage TFWs who can be hired by an employer.
What do you think of the changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program?
How do we explain the dramatic about-face by Employment Minister Jason Kenney on the Temporary Foreign Worker program? After years of extolling the program's virtues, invoking dire fears of a labour shortage, Mr. Kenney suddenly slammed the door in the face of the program's biggest user: the hospitality industry.
In her much-discussed Walrus profile of Jason Kenney, award-winning journalist Marci McDonald questions how well immigration policy designed as part of Harper Conservative political strategy is playing out.
Most observers of Canadian politics know about efforts led by Kenney to woo "hard-working Canadians" -- recent immigrants -- to expand the base of the governing party. McDonald lays out problems in the Kenney/Harper approach that could come back to haunt the Conservatives at election time.