Canada’s Immigration Minister thinks Alberta’s unemployment rate should be higher, our wages lower and our job fair line-ups longer.
John McCallum didn't exactly say that but what he did say will result in those economic conditions for Alberta. After a closed door meeting with Alberta business people, McCallum said:
“There’s a strong consensus that they’re in favour of more immigrants, not less immigrants, notwithstanding the state of the economy”
Translation: Businesses want cheaper labour.
Who can blame them? With all the added expenses being thrown at Alberta businesses from all levels of government, they’re just trying to manage costs. I get it. But what I don’t get is a Minister of the crown failing to put Canadians first.
There are 77,000 Albertans on employment insurance - some have already run out. Alberta’s unemployment rate is at 8.6%, higher than the national average and up a percentage point from the month before. Alberta’s youth unemployment rate is at 14.8% up from 11.4% the year before. These numbers are real people in our communities. They should not be duking it out for the few available jobs with a sudden influx of economic migrants.
There may be strategic time to increase immigration rates in an aging population. This is not that strategic time.
McCallum says Canada needs “new blood”. What’s wrong with the old blood? That old blood is one the highest skilled work forces in the world and they need jobs today.
Isn’t it a Canadian Minister’s job to put those Canadian’s first?