Wow, it has been a while since I last put fingers to keyboard to make my opinion known on anything.
I come out of seclusion as a result of the backlash faced by federal M.P., and industry minister, James Moore. Moore made the stupid mistake of speaking his mind, and has landed himself in social media hot water for his comment, “Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child?” Dumb, dumb, and I say it again, DUMB! Of course it isn’t your job.
That said, what is your job, Mr. Moore? With 1.4 million Canadians out of work, approximately 7%, and youth unemployment at a record high of 12.7%, shouldn’t you be doing something about finding jobs for these people? With jobs for these people you would remove the need to feed your neighbour’s child. Your neighbour would have the ability to feed their own child. I even have a solution to the problem. Imagine that!!
Have you been to businesses like Tim Horton’s, McDonalds, Husky Gas Stations, or virtually any trucking company in the country? If you have, and I am pretty sure you have, you will find many of these businesses have an inordinate number of non-Canadians working in them. While visiting any Tim Horton’s or McDonalds Restaurant in the Edmonton area, it takes me about 15 seconds to figure out which country they are recruiting from. What I want to know is why Tim Horton’s is importing workers from Hawaii, as one location in the area is? Another location has four Canadian workers and the rest of the staff is from Mexico. They don’t even have a part time student working the evening shift. I am sure there are students who would kill to have a job currently filled by a TFW. The TFW, or Temporary Foreign Worker program is killing the ability of students and unemployed Canadians to find jobs. Why? I have to wonder how many hires result from the pads of applications sitting on the counters at Tim Horton’s? Judging by the inability of many Tim Horton’s employees to get an order right, due to language barriers, I am thinking not many.
The primary requirement an employer must be able to meet is a shortage of un-skilled, or limited skills required workers. What HOGWASH. Why are people allowed to sit on employment insurance benefits or welfare while there are jobs available, some of which require no formal training or education? Why are people allowed to refuse work simply because it is below them? Is feeding their own children “below them”? Is it better to sit on benefits programs than it is to take a job that will fill the gap until a good job comes along? I wouldn’t even be adverse to the government supplementing income up to the amount of income guaranteed by employment insurance benefits should the job pay less than the benefits guarantee. There would no longer be the ability for people to say, “the job isn’t what I went to school for”. “The job is below my station in life”. “I am overqualified for the job”. You are too overqualified to be sitting on your butt collecting welfare or employment insurance!
The problem isn’t the employers. The problem is the workers and the government. With 1.4 million Canadians out of jobs, the government should be legislating mandatory acceptance of low skills job offers. Employment counselors should have a listing of all the jobs in their region and they should be able to provide unemployed workers with recommendations. Certainly, a worker who is overqualified for a job should have no problem being hired, even temporarily, to do a low skills required job. If unemployed workers are hired at a lower rate than their benefits are paying, they should be topped up. If they refuse work based on a false perception that serving the public is below their station in life, benefits of all kinds should be cut off. Simple.
As of December 2012 there were over 350,000 temporary foreign workers in Canada. I am certain this number is closer to 1/2 a million by now. With 1.4 million Canadians out of work, most receiving benefits of some sort, the savings for the taxpayers would be phenomenal if these unemployed workers could have one of the 350,000 – 500,000 jobs being filled by imported workers. Even with a wage top-up, we would save 100’s of millions of dollars off the costs of the benefits programs.
So Minister Moore, instead of making ridiculous statements regarding who’s job it is to feed your neighbours’ kids, perhaps you should do your job and seek legislation forcing unemployed workers to take lesser jobs until better jobs come along. Perhaps you should re-vamp or scrap the TFW programs. Once people are working and bringing home a paycheque it will be their responsibility to feed their own children.