Finance – May 15, 2014

In Committee from the House of Commons

Finance – May 15, 2014

The main focus of this meeting on the budget bill (C-31) was on proposed penalties for employers who abuse the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Panellists discuss other measures including support for veterans and amendments to the Hazardous Products Act, to the Safe Food for Canadians Act, and to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act.
MPs hear from these witnesses during the first panel: Carleton University professor Christopher Worswick, Martin Lavoie with Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Matthew McGuire from Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, Fred Webber with the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation, and Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent.
The second panel begins with the testimony from Sandy Nelson and Shaunna Jennison-Yung, two longtime waitresses from Saskatchewan who lost their jobs to temporary foreign workers.
They are followed by John McAvity from the Canadian Museums Association, Gregory Thomas with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Blair Campbell from PEI Mutual Insurance Company, and Sean Reid representing the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada. (May 15, 2014) UPDATE: Bill C-31 received royal assent on June 19.