Temporary foreign workers should be allowed to move here, labour leader says

Gil McGowan, head of the Alberta Federation of Labour

EDMONTON – Temporary foreign workers should be allowed to immigrate to Canada work hard and apply for citizenship the way generations of immigrants did before them, labour leader Gil McGowan says.

The federal government’s temporary foreign workers program has essentially “privatized immigration” and exploited these workers, the head of the Alberta Federation of Labour says.

“Instead of Canadians as a country deciding what mechanism should be used to bring in people to this country to build the country for future generations, they’ve created a program that essentially privatizes immigration and allows employers to make a decision about who to bring into the country and to pay for them,” McGowan told about 200 temporary foreign workers’ during a community forum on the weekend hosted by Migrante Alberta, a migrant workers advocacy group.

Rachel Notley, the provincial New Democrats labour critic, and an aide to Edmonton NDP MP Linda Duncan who also spoke at the forum, echoed the call for the federal government to scrap the temporary foreign worker program and use immigration to fill gaps in the labour market.

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