Harper is Canada’s bulwark against the specter of the Greek crisis, if one believes one of his ministers.
Pierre Poilievre has indeed found a way Wednesday to brandish the threat to Greece, about a folder that yet seems far from this mess, or the formation of labor and employment Canada. The Greek government is trying to renegotiate the payment of its enormous debt, following a referendum in which its people refused the conditions proposed by the European creditors.
The Federal Minister of Employment and Social Development made this statement at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, after a forum with all his provincial and territorial counterparts in the country, Quebec.
The ministers met to discuss in particular the harmonization of the training of the workforce between provinces, recognition of qualifications acquired abroad and the tightening of temporary foreign worker (TFW), a backrest dispute between Ottawa and Quebec in particular.
When reporters asked him how he was faster processing of requests from companies to recruit skilled workers abroad, Mr. Poilievre had a surprising answer, unrelated to the issue, suddenly addressing the Greek problem, while touting its head, which would be a guarantee of stability.
“There are a lot of risks in the world, we see in Greece the risks associated with a large debt, a country that went bankrupt because of the enormous and constant deficits for years. It is necessary that we avoid these risks responsibly managing our public finances, keeping a balanced federal budget and keeping taxes low. That is why the leadership of our Prime Minister gives us a stability in a world that has many risks, “he argued.
This is not the first time that the Conservatives are playing the card of insecurity in this federal election year, but the Greek crisis was not often invited to this debate. And on the topic of balanced budgets, yet the Harper government deficits appears repeatedly since 2008 and the return to a balanced budget is officially expected that in 2015-2016.
Moreover, at the end of the forum of Ministers, Ottawa and Quebec have said they were now on the same wavelength regarding the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW), a bone of contention for several months between the two levels of government.
Since its tightening by the federal government in 2014 and the entry into force of the new measures in April, Quebec employers complain of being unable to recruit skilled labor abroad in some areas, and the government Couillard has echoed their dissatisfaction accusing Ottawa of intransigence and closing, and demanding relaxations.
Alongside Mr. Poilievre, the Quebec Minister of Employment, Sam Hamad, has now agreed that companies will have to demonstrate by red tape that it is impossible to find Quebec workers to fill vacant positions, then have the right to hire a foreigner.
The government used Couillard demanded that the federal take into account Quebec’s distinctiveness in the implementation of the program, but Hamad has no more mention.
Finally, the Employment Ministers from across the country have agreed to further harmonize the training of manpower in this forum. To ensure better mobility of the workforce, they have agreed to harmonize thirty trades by 2017, such as welding occupations, fitter, carpenter, etc.
They also pledged to speed up the recognition of professional qualifications acquired abroad by newcomers.