Canadian Businesses Have A Message Ahead Of The Election: We Need Immigrant Workers | 8/21/2008 | Staff
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OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian unemployment is at an all-time low and businesses have a message for politicians ahead of October’s national election: We need immigrant workers so do not make the campaign about keeping them out.

Concern about immigration is on the rise in Canada, according to a recent survey, especially among Conservative voters whose party leads Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in polls ahead of October elections.

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Unlike the United States where immigration is viewed by some as a threat, Canadian businesses broadly support Trudeau’s promise to boost the number of immigrants and refugees allowed into the country every year to about 1% of the population.

“We don’t want immigration to be used as a political weapon here as it has been in the United States,” said Goldy Hyder, head of the Business Council of Canada, whose members employ 1.7 million people.

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“We agree with the federal government’s targets and we need to meet those targets … The facts clearly demonstrate that Canada is going to need immigrants to help grow the economy.”

With unemployment at 5.4%, the lowest level since comparable data were first published in 1976, Canada needs workers. A June 25 report showed the country’s farm labor shortage is costing billions and is expected to balloon in the next decade.

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Canadian packaged meat producer Maple Leaf Foods Inc.’s pork-processing plant in Brandon, Manitoba, is operating at 80% capacity due to both labor and hog shortages, said Susan Yaeger, head of recruiting and hiring. The hog deficit is a function of not being able to find skilled workers to operate the company’s commercial farms.

“Because of our low unemployment … there’s of course a dwindling...
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