Alberta Labour Minister blasts feds over foreign workers

Alberta Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Thomas Lukaszuk speaks at a community event...

Alberta Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Thomas Lukaszuk speaks at a community event put on by Migrante Alberta to talk to workers about the impact of the moratorium on temporary foreign workers, at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Education in Edmonton on Saturday. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/Edmonton Sun)

Kevni Maimann, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:50 PM ET

Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk says the federal government's temporary foreign worker (TFW) program is inhumane and economically unsound.

Lukaszuk made the comments to a packed room at the University of Alberta Saturday during a forum organized by Migrante Alberta.

"We need you here to stay. A revolving door is simply not humane, and economically not sound," he said.

"In most cases what we need in Canada, and particularly in Alberta, is permanent foreign workers."

Lukaszuk blasted federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney for suspending the TFW program in the food sector last month to launch a review, after several Canadian businesses were accused of giving TFWs more hours or priority work status.

Lukaszuk said he learned of the decision unexpectedly through a news broadcast and called the move "simply un-Canadian."

 



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