Editor: I disagree with the Guardian’s editorial that fishing and tourism should be exempted from the ban under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. Here are a few facts. Companies that use low wages to compete are subject to takeover, people who earn low wages will earn low wages all their lives. Two-thirds of new employment on P.E.I. are low-wage jobs. The federal government applying new rules to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program will force the fisheries and tourism sectors to become more competitive.
I want the federal government to place a ban on port development in Summerside and Charlottetown. I want the federal government to force development agencies in Summerside and Charlottetown to come under the same scrutiny as the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.
Projects such as the Credit Union Place and Charlottetown’s Convention Centre generate low-wage tourism. Businesses on P.E.I. refuse to take over their responsibility to drive the private sector and this is why we have economic development agencies in Summerside and Charlottetown.
Forcing development agencies in each city to amalgamate will provide both Summerside and Charlottetown a single plan for each city. Both the Summerside and Charlottetown chambers of commerce opposed raising the minimum wage. Businesses in Tourism and Fisheries want Temporary Foreign Workers to suppress raising wages. The ban on foreign workers for economies with an unemployment rate over six per cent is good for provinces like Prince Edward Island.
John W. A. Curtis,