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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:19 PM

Lack of skilled labour threatens Canadian economy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says

Source: Torstar

OTTAWA—Producing more skilled workers, scientists and engineers is the key to Canada’s future prosperity, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says.

His analysis may have surprised a Canada-United States business group in Ottawa to talk about cross-border irritants, international trade negotiations, stalled pipelines and the rise of China as an economic power.

“This is in fact in my judgment the biggest challenge our country faces,” Harper said of skills shortages when asked about future growth in the economy.

Even as the country bounces back from the recession, the shortage of trained employees continues flare up as a problem, particularly in western Canada, he said.



Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1290103--lack-of-skilled-labour-threatens-canadian-economy-prime-minister-stephen-harper-says



An out and out untruth teller. He is firing scientists in the Federal government and then has the nerve to say that there is a shortage. The shortage is in good politicians.

The ignorant single issue human sees scientists and engineers as trades people.

It just goes to show how dumbed down our politic ans are.

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CHIMO Nov 2012 OP
NYC_SKP Nov 2012 #1
hay rick Nov 2012 #2
Canuckistanian Nov 2012 #3
Jazzgirl Nov 2012 #4
Brickbat Nov 2012 #5
JustABozoOnThisBus Nov 2012 #6
Posteritatis Nov 2012 #7

Response to CHIMO (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:25 PM

1. We also have a shortage of skilled workers, scientists, and engineers.

And it's a matter of national security.

Because of these facts, DARPA is even investing in high schools.

A clever workaround, deliver support directly to selected high schools, bypassing state departments of education.

http://mentor.makerspace.com/about-us/

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Response to CHIMO (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:34 PM

2. The skills shortage is a favorite right-wing meme.

The shortage is in the paychecks that companies are willing to pay for skills.

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Response to CHIMO (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:19 AM

3. WTF is he talking about?

I work for a federal research facility that's just been ripped apart by budget cuts with MANY scientists and engineers thrown out of work.

And some of them are STILL not able to find work 3 months later.

Skills shortage my ass.

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Response to CHIMO (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:53 AM

4. Gee...this all sounds familiar.

Haven't we been hearing this same drum beating here in the US for the last several years? This has been the justification to outsource or use H1B's because there are no "skilled" technical people (read people willing to work for a wage that can barely support them).

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Response to CHIMO (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:56 AM

5. Lack of skilled labor that will work for shitty wages is often the "issue" people like him are

trying to describe. You see it all over.

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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:02 AM

6. The US uses this excuse to issue more H1B visas

One of my only gripes with our current Secretary of State. Sometimes she seems to be working for India.

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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:53 PM

7. Presence of Prime Minister Stephen Harper threatens Canadian economy, Posteritatis says (nt)

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