“It is baffling how a program grants EI benefits to foreign workers whose very presence in Canada can no longer be justified”

As is all too often the case, some of the findings of the auditor general’s report validate why many Canadians don’t feel anyone cares about their tax dollars. It found that about 2,000 temporary foreign workers were receiving EI benefits, totaling $5 million a year. Even in, say, the case of a fire at a fish plant leading to layoffs, it is baffling how a program grants EI benefits to foreign workers whose very presence in Canada can no longer be justified (these workers should be exempted from both contributing to and receiving EI benefits).

Other findings simply show the sloppiness, lethargy and even downright deception characterizing too many programs. ESDC was granted expanded enforcement powers in the 2014 reforms, but did not use them. It did not feel obliged to investigate obvious instances where the program was used for family unification (hiring a family member as caregiver to infirm parents is a favourite tactic) because current guidelines don’t explicitly forbid that. The department outright lied to the auditor general’s office about how often it inspected worksites to check on the presence and treatment of foreign workers: alt-right.ca/97FPG