Continuing on the topic of the skills shortage myth comes this Toronto Star column on the Chinese owned (but Canadian headquartered) Canadian Dehua mining company's intention to import Chinese miners into north-eastern B.C. to work in the coal mines. The question being raised is are there not enough workers available in Canada right now to necessitate the importation miners from China?
The latest and most bizarre example comes from British Columbia where, as the Vancouver Sun has reported, four brand new coal mines in the province’s northeast are bringing in just under 2,000 temporary Chinese migrants to do most of the work.
The ostensible reason, a spokesman for Canadian Dehua International Mines Group Inc. is reported as saying, is that not enough Canadians are skilled enough to do underground mining.
Let me repeat that. Not enough underground miners. In Canada.
Those who spent their working lives underground in Northern Ontario, or Quebec or Saskatchewan or Cape Breton would be surprised to hear this.
And while mining has changed from the days of pick and shovel, it is hard to believe that only temporary migrant workers are clever enough to run the new machinery used to extract coal.
I expect the real reason that Canadian Dehua and its Chinese partners want to bring in Chinese miners is because they figure on getting more work for less money from them.Though Canadian Dehua International Mines Group Inc. is located in downtown Vancouver my gut feeling is the company is Canadian in name only being founded and run by the Chinese. (Dehua is a county located in Fujian province in China).
The intention to import Chinese labourers to work in the company's coal mines in B.C. irrespective of the claims there's a skill shortage has Chinese scheming written all over it. They pull this kind of sh*t in Africa all the time where Chinese money buys up the continents' resources and then imports Chinese workers to extract it ignoring an able bodied host population who could do the work just as well.
But here's the reason why the snubbing of Canadians by the Chinese:
As temporary migrants dependent on their employer for work visas, the Chinese workers will be less likely to complain. They also will be reluctant to join a union.In other words union busting but Canada's unions have been so quite on immigration as a union busting weapon I don't expect them to say much about this either.
What makes this all the more insulting is that it's a snubbing of Canadians by the Chinese on Canadian land. This is like inviting someone into your home and your guest spits in your face, urinates on the carpet in your den, takes a crap on your bed, and then expects you to thank them for it. But when a lot of Chinese interest in Canada is parasitic in character should we be shocked? Not having accepted this by now we're pretty much asking for it from this point on now aren't we? And we deserve it too.
This is reminiscent of the importation of Chinese labourers to construct the railroad and the eventual imposition of a head-tax as the steady influx of Chinese workers into B.C. by Canadian based Chinese human-traffickers post-railway construction was driving down the wages and living standards of Canadians living in B.C. at the time. Looks like we need another head tax.
Furthermore Thomas Walkom has this to add:
Theoretically, temporary work visas are supposed to be reserved for those with unique skills.But increasingly, the notion of skill has been stretched to the extreme. In Alberta, some temporary skilled workers serve coffee in doughnut shops. Others heave around beef carcasses in slaughterhouses like the Brooks XL Foods meat-packing plant — now the epicentre of an E. coli food scare.
In the fruit and vegetable fields of Ontario, the unique skill that temporary migrant workers from the Caribbean or South America bring is their willingness to do back-breaking work for low wages.
Employers say they need foreign temporary labour because they can’t find Canadians willing to work. What they mean is that they can’t find Canadians willing to work at the wages being offered.That's something reformers have been saying for years now; that immigrants do jobs Canadians won't do at that pay. Pay someone enough money and they'll do almost any job.
I think we can agree that, for the most part, the "skills shortage" is a lie. And if there is how hard could it be to train a local population to do much of the work being offered? Can a local population not be trained to do the coal mining being done in north-eastern B.C.? And why exclusively Chinese miners? This is racist hiring practices being done by a Chinese owned business but what else is new under the sun? Canada and Canadians need to come first.