Earlier this week, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Liberals pledged $12 million in tax credits for businesses that hire skilled new Canadians. The pledge seeks to defray costs these businesses incur in hiring and training Ontario-based new Canadian citizens who have been in Canada for less than five years. To enable them to acquire “Canadian experience”.
It’s a noble proposal.
Hudak didn’t just denounce the pledge. He revealed his anti-immigrant, xenophobic strain. He sees the pledge as “affirmative action” for “foreigners.”
And then, fear-mongering. Hudak claims that the Liberal plan will leave unemployed Ontarians behind. And that the plan says “Ontarians need not apply”.
That’s not what the plan says. One quote:
“We’ll create a tax credit for business to give our highly skilled newcomers the Canadian work experience they need.”
Sounds to me like a subsidy program to encourage job creation for new Canadians.