To the editor:
A major corporation is in the process of developing a coal mine in Northeast B.C. with a starting workforce of 95 Chinese miners. These miners are being trained in China by Canadian instructors, in order to meet the B.C. standards for underground mining and to learn our language and customs.
With our unemployment rate over eight per cent and rising I’m sure there are many miners with skills and qualifications in our country that would fill these positions and many more unemployed that would be willing to learn these skills if given the opportunity. Why are we not training people here?
Is this an example of how HST works in creating jobs for the people of B.C.? We better wake up before it’s too late. How many foreigners are we bringing in for jobs that can be and should be filled by Canadians?
Temporary foreign workers usually send most of their earnings back to their homeland, so this isn’t of much help to our economy.