Feds shut down foreign worker program in food service sector

Employment Minister Jason Kenney in the House of Commons on April 7, 2014. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Employment Minister Jason Kenney in the House of Commons on April 7, 2014. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

David Akin, National Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 9:57 PM ET

OTTAWA -- McDonald's, Tim Hortons and every other business in Canada's food services sector can no longer tap into the increasingly controversial federal temporary foreign worker program, Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced late Thursday.

Kenney and the Conservatives have been plagued by a series of politically embarrassing news stories over the past few weeks involving restaurant owners firing Canadian workers and replacing them with foreigners in Canada, under the program.

In Weyburn, Sask., for example, ex-employees of a pizzeria say the owner fired his entire staff and replaced them with foreign workers. Some of the fired Canadian waitresses, who had worked at the restaurant for decades, showed up weeping on television newscasts, bitterly complaining about the program.

 


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