"People who hire an immigrant for their first job in Ontario would be eligible for a tax credit on the first $10,000 of costs associated with the hiring, a plan that raised some concern on the Liberal conference call.
"It reminded me a little bit of the potential blow back that we could see by positioning it from the opposition as an affirmative action program," said Steele."
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It's infuriating that immigrant vote pandering politics never ceases to reach new lows. While many Ontarians are out of work, underemployed, or precariously employed the ruling Liberal party plans to use the very tax dollars the unemployed and underemployed paid and pay into the provincial coffers to get foreigners - newly arrived people to Canada who haven't paid as many taxes and frankly shouldn't even be here in the first place - into the workforce quicker than Canadians just to hold onto power. It's like having a scarred and bleeding individual pay for salt just so you can throw onto their wounds.
It should be stressed that this is the leaked Liberal party platform for the upcoming provincial Ontario election which I suppose means that it isn't official and is subject to revision. Nevertheless it underscores the psychosis of a political party desperate to hold onto power and save the political careers of mediocre men and women. It's enough to make you consider giving them your vote.
To pursue such a policy is socially dangerous. It can only build resentment towards immigrants by Canadians and foster hostility. It is politics of division, not inclusion, by creating an us vs. them mentality.
It also causes us to question the necessity of immigrants in the first place. If businesses are so desperate for labour and we need immigrants to meet that demand then why does the business community need to be bribed with $10,000 dollars of tax payer money to hire an immigrant?
What it does make clear is that the Liberal party of Ontario is accepting the very real possibility of being defeated at the polls come Oct. 6. Immigrant/ethnic vote pandering politics is a weathervane to how confident a ruling party is with its hold on power. The greater the largess the weaker they feel.