NDP Immigration Critic Jinny Sims (Newton–North Delta) is renewing calls for the government to suspend temporary foreign worker visas for a Northern BC mine after a judge found serious issues with the administration of the program used to approve the permits.

“The judge’s statement on the flawed labour market assessment process is an indictment of the Conservatives’ management for the entire Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Even the Minister has admitted there are problems with the management of the file,” said Sims. “The visas should be suspended until the review of this program has been completed.”

Two unions are in court challenging the temporary foreign worker permits a BC mining company has obtained. Court documents from last week also revealed that the mining company is planning to use temporary foreign workers for 14 years and that no Canadians would be hired for at least 4 years.

“Canadians who are out of work should have the first opportunity to apply for Canadian jobs,” said Sims. “The Conservatives’ mismanagement of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is undermining the Canadian job market and our entire immigration system.”