Tim Hudak - and most noisy Ontarians - believe that Dalton McGuinty's plan to give "foreign workers" $10,000 is "an affirmative action scheme that will favour one worker over another." Which it is. If it existed.
McGuinty's plan, if enacted, would offer a $10,000 tax credit to companies hiring new Canadian citizens - that have been here for less than five years - in professions such as architecture, accounting or engineering. The credit would offset training for up to one year, and would cost an estimated $12 million.
Hudak defended his point on Monday by comparing the cases of two fictional forestry workers, one from Pennsylvania with five years of experience and one from Ontario with 15 years of experience. His assertion is that this tax credit will mean that the less experienced person (the "foreign worker") will get the job.
Why is that fairly one-off situation the Liberals' fault? Should the people that are haranguing this policy not be screaming instead for some sort of ethical oversight on the parts of the companies doing the hiring? If a company hires a less-qualified candidate purely so that they can get a tax credit for that person's training, how is that the Liberals' fault?
Of course, it's got to be the Liberals' fault, because if some of Hudak's policies go through, it'll be much much easier for companies to operate outside of those pesky ethical boundaries.