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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 a visit to Rome this month, at the airport:

  • They immediately stamped my Canadian passport, and I could stay for up to 90 days without a tourist visa
  • No questioning
  • They didn’t mention anything about liquids
  • No full body scan
  • Customs declaration appears to work on the honour system

Returning to Canada through the U.S., at JFK airport:

  • Required to take off my shoes
  • Required to separately x-ray my laptop
  • Required to put 100 mL or less of liquids in a plastic re-sealable bag
  • Questioned for a minute about customs and what my intentions were
  • Passport stamped for connecting flight only

This, despite Canada and the U.S. sharing the longest undefended land border in the world, and being parties to NAFTA, the largest trade union in the world as of 2010, and most Canadians being exempt from US-VISIT fingerprinting and photographing procedures, unlike U.S. green card holders.

Indeed, the U.S. was attacked on 9/11 and Italy and Canada weren’t. However, the disparity in security checks for Canadians at the airport in Italy’s largest city versus the United States is vast.

This, despite Italy having been a member of the Iraq War coalition, all three countries with troops in Afghanistan, and Italy’s longest-serving and current Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, having been the most pro-Bush foreign leader aside from UK prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

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