Monday, September 12, 2011

If Americans Flee to Canada to Avoid Conservatives, Where Do Canadians Flee?

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.

Tim Hudak

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.

Go figure.


Anonymous said...

It's "they took our jobs!" mentality. Conservative, not-so-thinly-veiled racism and rhetoric that wins elections.

What I don't get is this... Granted, I haven't read all of the talking points on this one in the platform itself, just the media coverage. But it seems intuitive to me that this credit for hiring foreign-trained new Canadians is not really a job professionals in the field would be competing for. It reads more like an apprenticeship-like scheme aimed at giving people experience in a field where they need to log hours in order to get accredited to really work here. These workers are, by their definition, lacking the full credentials to compete against citizens of Ontario who were accredited here and therefore able to just work in their chosen fields. So to me, the credit is not just an incentive to hire, but is also perhaps in part compensation for additional training that might be required.

How the liberals are failing to spin this as an accreditation scheme, rather than an affirmative action plan, is baffling to me. I guess the centre-left still tries for some semblance of reason in policy, which will get smacked down every time to rhetoric people can relate to. Like: "they took our jobs."

Anonymous said...

Also, it's a bit ironic, but the ad banner on the top of this post is for this:

Mike said...

Oh, God damn you Google. Yes, I suppose that ad would take some of the sting out!

Gareth said...

Mike, I don't know if you've seen Hudak's current commercial - but his grandfather was an immigrant who came to Canada with almost no money... So, according to Hudak's plan people like his own grandfather should not get the good jobs.
Fancy that...