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LETTERS: Nunavut January 08, 2013 - 9:00 am

Labour mobility a cure for chronic unemployment in Nunavut?

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Two weeks ago representatives from Saskatchewan and Alberta flew to Belize to recruit several hundred workers, ranging from doctors and engineers, to oil field workers and fast food cooks. Two hundred are on their way.

Wages are very good, flights are being paid for, work documents being handled and accommodations taken care of.

Similar trips have been made to the Ukraine, Ireland, Africa, the Philippines and other countries.

Why aren’t the unemployed of Nunavut taking these jobs?  One would figure that the companies would find it easier to hire from within Canada.

The Government of Nunavut prefers to encourage the unemployed to stay here, tied to the tired old horse that is the Nunavut economy and saving some cardiac jolt from the energy-mining sector, no amount of beating or “incentivizing” is going to make that old horse move.

The unemployed of Nunavut sit and wait.

The Alberta and Saskatchewan horses are much more lively and are begging for riders.  If Belizeans, Ukrainians and Filipinos can do it, why not northerners?

Another opportunity lost.  Unemployment and poverty will continue unabated.

Craig Johnston
Pangnirtung




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