Heliduck Posted October 20, 2008 Report Share Posted October 20, 2008 I understand that some people get frustrated at Canadian job opportunities being filled by foreign workers, & that frustration may be justified. However I'd appreciate it if those people would consider the following points in their arguement - 1. If that foreigner walked out tomorrow is there a Canadian ready to take their place? Aren't the majority of the foreign pilots experienced, after all that's why they were allowed here in the first place? Sure there will be exceptions, I'm talking overall. I believe the HRSDC is working on the theory that foreigners are filling an experienced pilot shortage, not taking jobs from low timers. Most would agree that there is no place for low time foreign workers. Would an operator employ a low timer & send him into the bush if the foreigners weren't here? I don't know, but I doubt it so are they really taking your job? 2. Lets assume that everyone (including the HRSDC) agrees that foreigners should all go home now that a downturn has arrived, is it fair to expect them all to pack up & piss off overnight? It took a long time for the momentum to build & get the extra workers into Canada that the operators needed, so surely it's only fair that we allow for a "bleed down" of foreign workers over a period of years? In summary I can see how Canadians would get upset if they thought job opportunities were being taken by foreigners, but CANADIAN operators in conjuction with the CANADIAN government have spent years trying to attract foreign workers here, so expecting it to change overnight due to 1 slow year is a bit naive. I've never seen a foreign pilot at Vancouver airport waving a gun around & demanding to be let in & given a work visa. Canada invited foreign workers in as a guest, & now the beers almost gone some want to kick them out on their arse. Poor form. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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