Jason Kenney and Bob Rae in Twitter spat over...
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Apr 30, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Jason Kenney and Bob Rae in Twitter spat over temporary foreign workers


Canada’s Minister of Employment Jason Kenney has come out swinging on Twitter against ex-interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, after the latter suggested the controversy over the temporary foreign worker program stems from an “anti-immigration bias’’ dating back to the Reform Party.

The torrent of tweets from Kenney started with the following tweet from Rae Wednesday morning: “TFW (temporary foreign worker) issue has roots in Reform’s anti-immigration bias- explosion in “temporary’’ category is all about segregation and excluding.

Kenney replied: “That’s obscene & beneath you @BobRae48. We’ve increased immigration to record levels, the highest per capita level in the developed world.

Kenney followed up, later tweeting: “In the first 5 years in office, (former Prime Minister Jean) Chretien gov’t ‘cut’ immigration levels by 32 per cent. Our gov’t has increased average annual levels by 14 per cent.”

He sent more angry tweets, including one that said Rae’s tweet was “typical of Harper Derangement Syndrome’’ which Kenney described as a tendency to ascribe the worst possible motives, even contrary to evidence.

Rae’s tweet was a reference to the recent uproar that that came to a head last week when Kenney announced that the fast food services industry in Canada would be suspended from the program and that any pending applications are in limbo.

Employers who are found to have lied about their efforts to hire Canadians could face potential criminal prosecution with sanctions that include fines and jail time, Kenney announced.

Kenney was reacting to series of revelations about small business in this country who were uprooting Canadian workers and finding room for temporary foreign workers who would raise no problems with hours, holidays or working conditions.

Rae didn’t immediately respond to the Kenney tweets.

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