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Stephen Harper's tough talk on temporary foreign workers falls apart in one graph

Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently delivered a scathing critique of the controversial Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program during a roundtable with members of the ethnic media in Vancouver, saying companies have been "abusing" the program and harming Canadian workers "only for the sake of the bottom line profit."

Too bad his government has been facilitating the growth -- and abuse -- of the program since coming to power in 2006 by:

 No wonder tens of thousands of temporary foreign workers have been flooding Canada to fill "McJobs" and others under the Harper government:

Migrant workers by job type, 2012

Source: Canadian Labour CongressHow the Conservatives Expanded the Temporary Worker Pipeline by Tony Biddle, www.perfectworlddesign.ca, 2013. 

(The federal government has yet to release full statistics for 2013, but the CLC has crunched the numbers for the first half of 2013, and found that jobs in accommodation/food services account for about 20% of temporary foreign worker positions. If retail and other service jobs are included, low-wage service jobs made up about a third of all positions. The CLC has also found that with numbers for the first half of 2013, total TFW positions were 51.5% of the 2012 yearly total.)