Ahead of the LNG and various pipelines going through, a fate that seem inevitable. Another story in itself, the environmentalist are being label potential terrorists by the right. Premier Christy Clark of British Columbia has decided that she needs cheap labour to “build our country.” Instead of looking within British Columbia, for example promoting trades and degrees for this sort of work, she resorts to cheapness.
It is arguably cheaper to train a BC citizen to go through the first stage of the trades program at BCIT. Here not only are they study they are also contributing to the economy. They get to learn their trade and work. Woohoo for us. Also a red seal trades person makes a significant amount of money. However, does that significant amount of money end up overseas in remittances? Doesn’t that money get spent in BC, the taxes are paid in BC? So not only are they contributing to our economy, they most likely are a stable part of it.
If you recall we built our country on cheap labour. Where we took it upon ourselves to apologize for the cheap labour. The Toronto Star (Link Below) reported that the conservatives are leaning towards cheap labour, instead of looking at our youth demographics. What will happen to them? This cheap labour from when it was introduced started at a mere 100,000. According to the start it now sits at 338,000. Most of these “skilled” workers are not really skilled at all. They are hamburger flippers and sandwich makers. Jobs originally reserved for Canadian youth are being taken by youth from abroad. How is this helping our economy.
It is not racist when I reject the notion of allowing are economy to worsen when their wages are sent overseas in remittances. That salary for a McDonald’s mountain of skilled workers isn’t staying here my friends, a big portion is being sent abroad. Good support your family, I am not rejecting that. However, fast food jobs are for the pimply nosed teenagers who are saving for school or travel. They overspend like all teenagers do, but where is the justice when we don’t hire within our country?
“We should not think about people who come from across the world to British Columbia to work as being something less than the rest of us,” she said, after laying out her Liberal government’s priorities. (National Post). Now are they youth, the training and already trained are they less then those coming from around the world to fill jobs that simply could be marketed to British Columbians?
She went on further and stated that the programs name should be changed. Instead call them, “potential new Candians.” Well be that as it may, it will still be the same, because she went on to say it would still be temporary and still run four years. Keeping the same logic, and then changing the name doesn’t change my opinion. The KGB had plenty of different names before we became to know this vile secret police atrocities.
Remember what we did to the Chinese, do we want to repeat the same mistake in building our country? I hope not.
Here are some of the reactions on BC Global.
“So Christy…explain to me why my son had to go to Alberta to get his welding training and now has to remain there to get his apprenticeship? Don’t you think you should concentrate more on the appropriate training and apprenticeship programs in our province? He would have loved to have stayed here but the Alberta training is above and beyond what BC has to offer.” Kristen Mc
“She needs them to clean her home when she goes on trip every month asia and to look after her son. Why pay min. wage when you can get them diry cheap.” Kerry Jones
“There aren’t enough jobs for people who live here already. How about helping out the failing medical system or upping the wages in certain provinces to go with the cost of living so there are less homeless or so many other things that need attention other then who can take our jobs for less money!” Merissa Vogan
It is shameful. I remember when Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals were first elected, too young to vote, I still went around handing out pamphlets. It was a far better cry then the NDP at the time. He changed our economy for the better, however some of his actions were questionable. Closing hospitals and a seemingly distant relationship with the union which showed up continuously to the point of contempt. He was still berated by the media, and I still approved of his leadership. Christy Clark on the other hand doesn’t possess any of the traits as her former boss did.