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April 24th, 2014

NDP calls for a moratorium of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Canada’s NDP is calling for a moratorium on the use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program for lower-skilled jobs, until the Conservative government finds a way to stop the blatant abuses of the program.

“The bottom line is, there are people living here in Canada who are being laid off or having their hours cut to facilitate the use of foreign workers – this needs to end immediately,” said NDP critic of Employment and Social Development Jinny Sims (Newton—North Delta). “Even McDonald’s has taken action – why hasn’t the government?"

After the media reports regarding its use of the TFW Program, McDonald’s put a moratorium on hiring temporary foreign workers, and has called in a third party to review the program. New Democrats are asking why the Minister of Employment and Social Development hasn’t taken action.

“Canadians deserve swift action from the government,” said Sims, who was joined in Victoria by fellow NDP MPs Murray Rankin (Victoria) and Randall Garrison (Esquimalt). “We are asking them to halt the program and call an immediate independent review.”