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'
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.
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The blogosphere has been abuzz over the Super Bowl that took place last weekend between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. Yet, none of it has been about how the Seahawks crushed the favoured Broncos 43-8, or that the Red Hot Chili Peppers faked their half-time show, not even bothering to plug in their guitars.
Rather the controversy is swirling around an innocuous looking gadget that produces fizzy drinks, SodaStream, and its Global Brand Ambassador actress Scarlett Johansson.
So, what do Stephen Harper and Scarlett Johansson have in common? Well let's see.