Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s latest stroke of brilliance is to attempt to bribe Ontario businesses with a $10,000 credit off of their payroll costs as a per immigrant subsidy in a blatantly obvious attempt to get the much sought-after immigrant vote in Toronto. This may very well be the final nail in the Ontario Liberal Party’s coffin.
Christina Blizzard writes:
But this government is going to throw $12 million into a program that will skew the hiring scene for home-grown job seekers.
Imagine this: A company is hiring staff. There are two applicants. One is a young person recently arrived in this country, speaking little English. He or she has no background and no history of working and paying taxes in this country.
The other applicant is a young person who was educated here. Who’s paying taxes. Whose parents paid taxes and who’ve contributed to this community in countless ways. The young person probably has a student debt.
Who’ll get the job? Well, McGuinty’s just given employers 10,000 reasons to hire the newcomer.
The implications of this election promise are numerous and worrying:
- Will employers “lay off” Canadian employees in attempts to cut their onerous payroll costs, replacing them with people that have not paid one cent in taxes to our country, much less our province? (This happening while thousands of Ontario residents search for jobs as Ontario businesses continue to fail due to escalating hydro costs and rising business taxes, which plunged Ontario — at the hand of Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals — to Have Not province status.)
- Will full time jobs be replaced with part time jobs, in attempts to hire more immigrants and get more credits, replacing Canadians employed full-time?
- Will this affect mainly low wage income earners, based on the fact that since 1990, four out of five immigrants come from third world countries as opposed to pre-1990, where four out of five immigrants came from European, Scandinavian, American and British Commonwealth “free” countries?
- How much skill and language do immigrants from third world countries have when they come to Canada?
- How many immigrants are insulted by McGuinty’s implication that they are not capable of getting a job based on their qualifications and require bribing an employer to hire them?
That last point alarms me the most. Unilingual English-speaking Ontario residents in Eastern Ontario, from the Quebec/Montreal border to the western borders of Ottawa are already having enormous difficulties obtaining jobs they are the most qualified for, simply because they do not speak French. Now, they risk losing a job to someone who does not speak either language proficiently because of the fact that some business owners are either desperate enough for financial aid, or so selfish and greedy that they will do whatever possible to take advantage of Ontario’s taxpayers’ unwitting generosity.
Either way, nothing good can come of this McGuinty bribe-you-with-your-own-money vote buying promise. Then again, do we really have to worry as we all know that McGuinty is not capable of keeping a promise, even a written one?