I was reading a thread on social security and started with this reply until I decided it needed a thread of its own. I get very worked up and pissed off, so please bear with my ranting. Both the U.S and Canada have very little manufacturing base anymore because jobs get shipped overseas because people there will work for a few dollars a day. The only thing that Canada had going for it was that we did not have to compete with them for jobs building our highways, oil refineries, or jobs at Canadian tire... until recently. Now we issue work permits and there is a huge number of immigrant workers (in Alberta) who are building the plants and we are competing against them for wages and jobs. These were among the highest paying jobs out there for us (especially if you did not have a university education.) The companies needed the workers to get things built and the workers demanded fair compensation to move their families to a new city and work 12 hour shifts in Canada's North. Our new premier in his speech last week outlined that despite having a 7 billion dollar surplus we would receive none of it in tax relief as the increased number of people moving here has put stress on our infrastructure and the money needed to be spent there. In his NEXT sentence he promised to make it easier for companies to import labour from other countries. Apparently these people do not need infrastructure to be built for them. Why the fuck should I have to compete with a Cuban or Somalian for my job? They can come here, live in camp for 2 years, have everything provided , make 20 dollars a day and return to their native country a very rich man. I can't live on that wage so I loose out to them. In case you are thinking I am bitter and unemployed, I am gainfully employed and making a good wage (for now.) For now there are very few rules governing the use of imported labour. They do not need to pay them a fair wage (putting it into law that they are paid the same as the trade union rate would go a long ways towards leveling the field- then the companies would not gain a huge economic advantage useing them.) There are not many rules that bennifit them directly either. As I understand it they can't change employers. As you can imagine this amounts to many companies treating them very poorly- somewhat like slave labour. You want a good paying job- then do what we say and don't complain!. The companies in Fort McMurray have laid off construction labour as the plants get done. Any guess as to the nationality of the first people laid off? Yes, CANADIANS. They keep their imported labour and lay us off because they can. This means that while the companies rake in the savings we are stuck paying Unemployment insurance for Canadians who would otherwise still be working. And this crap about a labour shortage? The electrical union has nearly 1500 men on it books who are presently unemployed and seeking work. Bring in another immigrant worker and put another one of us out of work or at least ensure that you can drive down wages. It is brilliant. Anyhow, I am pissed off and need to stop for now.