TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Conservative leader Tim Hudak is scraping
the bottom of the political barrel by suggesting measures to address
systemic labour market barriers facing Ontario newcomers will put
Ontario-born workers out of work says Ontario Federation of Labour.
"This is just another variation of old-fashioned racism," said OFL
President Sid Ryan. "Hudak is scapegoating immigrants rather than
addressing the real challenges facing Ontario's workers."
"Hudak is deliberately peddling the racist myth that newcomers take away
jobs. The reality is that immigration creates jobs for everyone working
in Ontario," said Ryan. "What's tragic is the fact that while we insist
on recruiting some of the most highly skilled workers from around the
world, we aren't able to utilize their training and expertise once they
arrive. Too often these workers are shut out of the labour market
simply for lack of Canadian experience."
"By targeting 'foreign workers,' Hudak is engaging in dog-whistle
politics. He is throwing red meat out to embolden a tiny minority who
subscribe to bigoted ideas," said Ryan. "Every Ontarian—regardless of
how long they have lived here—is united in the desire for a decent
future for current and future generations."
According to an academic study, Economic Recession and Immigrant Labour Market Outcomes in Canada,
2006-2011, published in July 2011: "Recent immigrants have borne the brunt of the
recession's impact on the labour market. While recent immigrants fared
more poorly in the job market even before the recession, they have been
disproportionately affected by rising unemployment, reductions in full
time work, and a declining manufacturing base." A full copy of the
report of the Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative can be
downloaded from: http://www.yorku.ca/tiedi/doc/AnalyticalReport22.pdf.
"Hudak is resorting to the gutter politics of immigrant-bashing in order
to distract voters from the Tories' failure to put forward a meaningful
job strategy," said Ryan. "Ontarians are absolutely right to be
concerned about jobs - and they have a right to demand a more
far-sighted vision for full employment than simple xenophobic
The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one
million workers in Ontario. OFL President Sid Ryan is the voice of
Ontario's labour movement.
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SOURCE Ontario Federation of Labour
For further information:
Sid Ryan, OFL President, 416-209-0066 (mobile)
Joel Duff, OFL Communications Director, 416-707-0349 (mobile) *FRENCH/ENGLISH*