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Restaurant owners: paying $100/hr not enough to entice Canadians to work in their kitchens

Even if restaurants offered $100 an hour for kitchen jobs, they’d still need to hire temporary foreign workers to fill the posts because Canadian workers just don’t want the jobs, the head of Canada’s restaurant association says. Garth Whyte, president of Restaurants Canada, made the comment during an interview Tuesday on CBC’s Power & Politics […]

May 28, 2014

Even if restaurants offered $100 an hour for kitchen jobs, they’d still need to hire temporary foreign workers to fill the posts because Canadian workers just don’t want the jobs, the head of Canada’s restaurant association says.

Garth Whyte, president of Restaurants Canada, made the comment during an interview Tuesday on CBC’s Power & Politics with Evan Solomon. He was there to plead with Employment Minister Jason Kenney to lift the memorandum on TFWs in the foodservice industry.

A labour shortage in the low-skill restaurant sector is quickly becoming a crisis, especially in certain part of the country, the association says. (As an aside, Restaurants Canada, along with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business — the other main industry boosters of the TFWP for the low-skill service sector — always find reasons to object to any proposed increase to a provincial minimum wage.)

When Solomon pressed Whyte about what critics of the program are saying — raising the wages would entice some of the 1.3 million unemployment Canadians to fill the positions — he responded:

“So let’s raise it to a hundred bucks an hour and we’ll still need them. That’s the issue,” said Whyte of TFWs.

Watch him explain why restaurants offering $182,000 a year to work a 35-hour week wouldn’t see a flood of applicants from unemployed Canadians:

 

Photo: kubina. Used under a Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0 licence.

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Stephen Harper will blow $43 billion this year on tax giveaways

The Conservative anti-tax brigade is spending $43 billion on tax giveaways this year, a new report estimates. A Parliamentary Budget Office report released Tuesday examined changes to Canada’s tax system between 2005 and 2013 for personal incomes taxes and the GST/HST. It found that the accumulation of cuts since 2005 will reduce federal personal income […]

May 27, 2014

The Conservative anti-tax brigade is spending $43 billion on tax giveaways this year, a new report estimates.

A Parliamentary Budget Office report released Tuesday examined changes to Canada’s tax system between 2005 and 2013 for personal incomes taxes and the GST/HST. It found that the accumulation of cuts since 2005 will reduce federal personal income tax revenues this year by an estimated $17.1 billion and the federal share of the GST/HST revenue by $13.3 billion.

That doesn’t include an…