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  • Brad
    October 14, 2010 - 10:47

    Living in FT. Mac for 21 years you make a valid point, but one thing you forget is that we are all Canadians and it is a free country where people can travel freely from province to province to work. We all pay taxes so yes people commuting back and forth are contributing. If you want to pass blame then why don't you blame the government for being poorly prepared for the boom experienced there. People going to Ft. Mac can't build housing or other infrastructure, that is governments responsibility, and the reason the cost of living is so high. Don't worry though soon you won't understand the language of the people complaining as there is going to be a huge influx of immigrant labor. Enjoy.

  • California Pete
    October 13, 2010 - 12:55

    I am a holder of a journeyman's paper and this is where I ended up to have full employment 6 days a week 52 weeks a year. Never been out of work for 40 years but this is what it took. I would have loved to stay in NL. but after losing my job 3 times in one year up there this is what I did, to bad but had no choice.

  • Living in Ft.Mc for 21 years
    October 13, 2010 - 12:11

    Folks you really need to understand that Fort McMurray & Alberta has carried and still carries many newfoundlanders. Problem is you come up here with the "cocky attitudes" bitchin and whining about how"ye hates it here" - demanding top dollars for inexperince - fly in/fly out, camp accomendations, you want everything but not not willing to contribute to the city - Fort McMurray's cost of living has gone up - and the locals have to pay all the taxes while ye come up here and expect everything........ then we go to Northern Lights Regional and the hospital is lined up with workers from other provinces here working but hurt on the job, or "i'm only gonna work for 3 months then take a layoff - we're sick of it. You want the benefits but don't want to sacrifice or contribute. Be thankful for what ye sucked outta Fort McMurray or Alberta for that matter - Why arn't going after Danny Williams to generate work? I'm from St. John's and left 21 years ago to seek work - and made the best of it- Appreciated every opportunity I've received.

    • eastcoast electrician
      October 13, 2010 - 20:38

      Well well well, another ex-patriate newfoundlander with his head buried in the alberta tarsands! Blaming all the rest of canada for their problems. Maybe you should call your premier and ask him to share some of that $850,000 he is using for the temporary foreign worker "feel good" program. That's where all your tax dollars are going, not in the pockets of other canadian workers just trying to make a living. The alberta government has had the Ft. McMurray cash cow since the mid-60's and has not even upgraded the "one" lane high-way in and out of ft. mac. You have the same airport, and same infrastructure with little or no increase in services. YOU get off your ass and get after your local politicians to get a bigger share for the people of ft. mcmurray. If the alberta government put a little more effort into making ft. mcmurray a more affordable and safer place to live, then maybe more canadians would choose to re-locate there, instead of commuting. By the way buddy, the influx of TFW's, (60,000) is going to bring down YOUR wages, but your costs are going to stay the same or go up. I guess this is the way alberta's tax dollars work :)

    • John Newfie
      October 17, 2010 - 20:37

      I noticed you said you were from St. John's and not Newfoundland. Not a problem to know that by the way you insulted Newfoundlanders. We know what Alberta has done for ALL Canadians in the way of jobs and we are grateful. We have been paying taxes, CPP and EI all our working lives. We are Canadians and WE should be given first chance at jobs in Canada. We do not have anything against other people from around the world working in Canada as long as Canadians are working .

  • Red
    October 13, 2010 - 10:43

    These people need to get off their asses and go to where the work is. Do you know how many resumes companies get these days? Noone looks at them anymore, why would they when they have plenty of people applying in person. If you are sitting around home waiting for someone to land you a job, you don't deserve one. I had to pack up and move away to find work, and it is the hardest and best decision I have ever made. I also think they should stop this temporary foriegn work service until we find that there is a need. This type of program lowers the average payscale, and takes food from the mouths of Canadians, and is only allowed because the companies can use and abuse them and make more profit. Also Newfoundfland companies need to stop looking for 15 years experience and start hiring apprentices. Most of the workforce these days are babyboomers and when they are gone who will fill the void if we only have apprentices?

  • ConcernedCanadian
    October 13, 2010 - 08:49

    Companies in Canada need to start looking inside of Canada for workers before going to foreign countries. Hiring Filipino's does not help the Canadian Economy, nor the Canadian people. If all domestic channels have been exhausted, then yes, by all means, hire outside of Canada. I have no discrimination against foreign people, but it doesn't make sense to leave Canadians out of work and hire abroad when we can do the work here. If that means the Federal and Provincial government needs include legislation to prevent this, then so be it.

    • eastcoast electrician
      October 13, 2010 - 10:37

      I recently returned from working in Alberta and witnessed the same thing as Mr. Stacy. I am also a Journeyman and can find a job in canada when I need one. Mr. Stacy is right, it's the young apprentices who are suffering because the powers that be in Alberta are hiring and retaining the foriegn workers. Something needs to be done about this now. There has been a long standing anti-east coast sentiment among the Alberta politicians and trades people as indicated by Ralph Klein's statements in the '80's and now the rhetoric from the mayor of Ft.McMurray, requesting that tradespeople travelling within Canada to work in Ft. McMurray be required to take up residence in the city and abolish all flight programs to the east coast of Canada. I wonder if she is demanding the same of the temporary workers!?!?! Our young men/women deserve better from their government.. We all need to voice our concern and stand up for our apprentices. Hats off to you Mr. Stacy.. we need more good men like you in government.