Jim Flaherty, that inconceivably incompetent buffoon who calls himself a 'finance minister,' keeps telling us that the Conservatives needed to expand the 'temporary foreign workers' program because there are 'labour shortages' and there are many jobs 'Canadians just wont do.' But of course this is another in a long line of Conservative lies. Notice that they never tell us what these jobs are, because there are no such jobs. And if there were it would be simply be because capitalists don't want to pay real wages. But when the optics get bad the talking heads of the Con-artist government shifts gears and tell us that this program is intended to bring in certain 'skilled labourers' which are not presently in our job market. Well they can't have it both ways. Either the program is intended to fill McJobs or it is intended to for skilled labour. Which is it Flaherty??
The answer is, of course, that it is neither. The real purpose of the 'temporary foreign workers' program is to push wages down by bringing in workers who have no rights, can be paid less than Canadian workers, and will be far too frightened to rock the boat. In other words, the purpose of the program is to further increase economic, social, and political inequality.
There are plenty of workers in Canada to fill the jobs that are available. And if wages in certain industries are too low, the solution is to raise the wages not to import semi-slave labour into our country.
It stretches the limits of credibility to listen to the CON-artist government express indignation at the Royal Bank controversy, when in fact that is exactly what the Con-artists expanded the program to achieve. Let's say it in as simple a way as possible - Flaherty and Harper want foreign temporary workers to take your jobs! This means fewer unions, lower wages, fewer workers rights and more profits for capitalists.
Of course, like most capitalists, Flaherty, Harper, and their ilk are tragically short-sighted because the longterm impact of such an effort is a bankrupt economy and a rise in socialist belief and activism. But then no one in their right mind ever accused these guys of genuine socio-economic understanding.