British Columbia Premier proposes name change for Temporary Foreign Worker program

Not a stupid idea – names and labels are important – but goes completely against the grain of the recent changes to the Citizenship Act that removed credit for pre-permanent residency time, with Minister Alexander trying (not completely successfully) to argue for a clear distinction:

Christy Clark says a simple name change might help.

“I think the federal government needs to remember that almost all of us are descended from people who came from other countries. So maybe if they are overhauling the program they can change the name from temporary foreign worker to potential new Canadian. It was people from all over the world that built this company are continuing to do that.”

That said while Clark emphasized BC needs foreign workers to fill some jobs she says British Columbians must be in the front of the employment line.

Premier proposes name change for Temporary Foreign Worker program | CKNW AM AM980.

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One Response to British Columbia Premier proposes name change for Temporary Foreign Worker program

  1. Marion Vermeersch says:

    I rather like the term “potential New Canadian” proposed by Christy Clarke. When my Dad and uncle came to Canada in 1925, I believe it was officially the British Child Labour Program but later those children were referred to as Home Children. Basically, they did what many “Temporary Foreign Workers” do now, i.e. farm labour, housekeeping, care for children and the elderly. They brought the rest of their family over to do the same by 1930 and all turned out to be wonderful, contributing citizens (although now the government claims there were none until 1947). So it really doesn’t matter what you call them, but how Canada views and treats them once they are here.

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