Equality of opportunity

Jason Kenney comments on the skilled newcomer tax credit proposed by the Ontario Liberals.

“I think we should pursue equality of opportunity for all Canadians,” he said. “I don’t think it’s helpful for newcomers or anyone else to start dividing Canadians based on the longevity of their residency in Canada.”

Kenney said people have suggested a similar idea to him but he said he didn’t think it was fair. He said he didn’t think it was the solution to the province’s “very significant” unemployment problem.

Mr. Kenney’s government does have a Federal Internship for Newcomers program and has committed $22-million to the Bridge Training program for skilled immigrants, in partnership with the McGuinty government.




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Equality of opportunity

  1. Another clumsy attempt by the feds to interfere in an Ontario election….unfortunately Kenney doesn’t know his own file.

  2. If it indeed costs more for employers to hire newcomers (i.e. if it costs more for some additional training required – and I have no idea if it does) and the credit (which goes to employers, not immigrants) is geared to defray those costs, then it makes sense and doesn’t give anyone a leg up. In fact, it would remove one.

    If that’s the case, then it really does meet the test of creating equality of opportunity. The only argument against it would have to be that those who have been here longer should, in fact, be entitled to the advantage they currently enjoy. That might be an argument some want to make, but it’s not one that is based on creating equality of opportunity.

    If the goal is to create equality of opportunity and not divide Canadians based on the longevity of their residence – Kenney’s comments could really only be read as a ringing endorsement of the Ontario Liberal proposal.

  3. Kenney said people have suggested a similar idea to him but he said he didn’t think it was fair.

    Do you suppose one of those people was Ontario Conservative leader TIM HUDAK???

    Because Tim Hudak’s own bill, the “Newcomers Employment Opportunities Act, 2010″ has a whole section called the “Newcomers employment opportunity tax credit” which provides for tax credits to help businesses hire recent immigrants.

  4. Equality of opportunity is the exact reason that we support immigrants with language training, skills assessment and upgrading and, in this case encouragement for employers to hire them. Tax credits are part of the Conservatives standard m.o. so the main problem they seem to have with this idea is that it’s being proposed by Liberals.

  5. I don’t think it’s helpful for newcomers or anyone else to start
    dividing Canadians based on the longevity of their residency in Canada.

    Kenney continued: “Our government has expended a lot of effort dividing Canadians based on language, gender, race, geography, ancestry, education, eye colour, and political views. So really… how will this help our own initiatives for dividing the nation?”

  6. Hudak and the Conservatives use of the word “foreigner” to describe possible recipients has to be one of the most totally cynical, hypocritical, deceitful manipulations of the truth in any recent campaign. Its appeal to to pure hate. And of course proposal doesn’t apply to foreigners at all! 
    Exactly what is a foreigner anyway?
    That is the really new thing about modern politics. Leaders and parties can now, not just twist the truth, but lie outright and know they can get away with it. In the past the media and commentators would not repeat those lies unchallenged. Now if PC ads say it is designed for foreigners the outlets just let it run, both in the ads and the newscasts.This foreigner slur is to my thinking very dangerous. It’s pushing our level of acceptance into a new dark place.

  7. It just occurred to me why the Tories are so upset by this plan by the Liberals.

    The Tories consider this copyright infringement!

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