The Harper government is expert at designing systems and bids in order to achieve the outcome they desire. Now if the outcome you desire is in the best interests of the nation that could be a good thing, alas, with the Conservatives their motives are often far from pure.
That is the case with the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, on the surface employers wishing to make use of this program must display their efforts in finding qualified Canadians to fill the available positions through what is called a labour market opinion. Sounds good except the government merely takes their word for it, not requiring any supporting documentation. Yes this is the same government that is forcing EI recipients to provide documented proof of job search, but that is a whole other post.
In what in these parts can only be considered a delicious twist this nudge nudge wink wink approach to due diligence may have just jumped up and bit the Harper government squarely in the ass. The two unions challenging the program in court have won a ruling ordering the government to hand over the 300 resumes from Canadian workers who applied for jobs at HD Mining which had recieved 201 permits to import Chinese workers.
Now this is where it gets interesting, with the court imposed December 7th deadline having passed Human Resources Canada has failed to produce said documents, why pray tell, well they don't have them and HD mining refuses to hand them over claiming they are under no obligation to do so and the government agrees"Government lawyers have argued they can't force the company to hand the documents over." In other words proof the government doesn't have the proof and never did
This has lead the two unions involved to apply for a contmpt of court hearing
A lawyer told Federal Court on Friday he's planning to apply for a
contempt-of-court hearing against Human Resources Minister Diane Finley
after her department failed to fulfil a Dec. 7 disclosure order related
to foreign worker permits.
If this case does nothing else, it has at least laid bare the Harper government's duplicitous nature when it comes to protecting Canadian workers.