NDP want review of temp foreign workers program

Canada's Employment and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Canada's Employment and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:12 AM ET

OTTAWA - Amid more reports of abuses of the temporary foreign worker program, the debate raged on in the House Monday with the NDP calling for an independent review of the entire program.

It was reported Monday that temporary foreign workers in British Columbia worked long hours without pay and were threatened by employers with deportation.

In question period, NDP immigration critic Jinny Sims accused the Liberals of bringing in a broken program that the Conservatives made worse.

"We are hearing more troubling stories from temporary foreign workers who have been mistreated, had wages withheld and were threatened with deportation and even violence," she said. "Why is the minister refusing to allow an independent review?"

Employment Minister Jason Kenney had been put on the defensive in recent weeks as scrutiny of the program has increased.

He told Sims he thought better information sharing was needed between law enforcement agencies but that the case out


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