Winnipeg North MP Kevin Lamoureux (left) and Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner (right) pose for a photo with temporary foreign workers during their stop in Brandon on Thursday.
Liberal MPs Kevin Lamoureux and Rodger Cuzner were in Brandon Thursday to take a tour of Maple Leaf Foods, hold a roundtable with union officials and host a meeting with temporary foreign workers.
Cuzner is the MP for Cape Breton-Canso and the current labour critic.
"Our main focus has been the temporary foreign worker program, and the changes that came down in June," Cuzner said. "The essence of the trip is to find out how these are playing out with the people that they impact, and the businesses that they impact."
Western provinces, including Manitoba, have complained about federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney’s crackdown on the country's temporary foreign worker program. The program was overhauled after several high-profile abuses, and some of the provinces say the overhaul is hurting their ability to hire workers in some industries.
"The temporary foreign worker program has been a key component of many sectors for many years, and for a government to make changes that hinder more businesses than it helps is pretty narrow-minded," Cuzner said.
Lamoureux, Winnipeg North MP, said Maple Leaf Foods will play a "vital role" in the future of Brandon.
"It’s a major employer and we shouldn’t be playing around with these jobs," he said.
The hog processing plant has recently had to scale back production due to a hog shortage.
The MPs are travelling to Neepawa today to visit the HyLife plant.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 22, 2014