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Here is a portion of an email I sent to my local Member of Parliament, in response to increased media attention of the use of temporary foreign workers in Canada, including this April 8, 2014 CBC.ca article.

I simply ask, why are we bringing in any foreign temporary workers to fill “unskilled labour” positions? By that, I mean positions requiring little to no training, with specific reference to front-line jobs at companies like McDonald’s and Tim Horton’s, as examples.

It is true that there are many positions that can’t be filled by Canadian citizens and permanent residents, but only at a particular wage, which is minimum wage or slightly higher, and not that they can’t be filled for the right price.

I fully understand the purpose of bringing in skilled workers to temporarily fill positions, since qualified candidates cannot be found for some positions among citizens and residents at any price, but to bring in any foreign workers for unskilled labour is to say that businesses have a right to be able to fill those positions for a particular price, instead of letting the market determine it.

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On June 4, 2011, I heard a successful American commodities futures trader say on a long-running radio program that Canada’s highest marginal dividend income tax rate was 53% (at 29:45), and that Canadian citizens living in Canada can only have 20% of their assets invested in foreign securities.

Now for the reality:

The highest combined federal and provincial dividend income tax rate for foreign securities as of 2011 is 50% in Nova Scotia, with a population of less than one million out of Canada’s 34 million people. For Canadian publicly-traded securities, it’s only 34.85%.

As for the restriction on foreign securities, it only applied to Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) and Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs), it was 30%, and was repealed as far back as 2005, leaving no foreign content restrictions.

Having cleared that up, we can now move on to the conservative Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom ranking Canada as more economically free than the United States in 2010 and 2011.

Big Four accounting firm KPMG ranked Canada as being more business tax friendly than the United States in 2010. Why is that?

While the U.S. federal government raised taxes to pay for Obamacare for four years before any coverage will be provided, Canada has cut its corporate taxes, leaving the U.S. in the dust with the second-highest corporate tax rate of the 46 OECD countries in 2011, at 35%, with Canada’s rate the third-lowest at only 16.5%.

Finally, Canada had no socialist bank, insurance and mortgage lender bailouts since the 2008 financial crisis, unlike the United States.

Welcome to the new Canada!

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