In Linky Firday #12, Will brings to our attention the curious case of HD Mining, a Canadian firm that decided to hire 201 temporary workers from China rather than hire a good ol’ Canadian boy with over 30 years under the ground. Unions are in an uproar; the mining company is sending workers back to China, and they’ll not be bringing any more people over to wonderful tolerant Alberta any time soon.
I imagine I had a different response than most.
To me, the lede was a feel-good story. A prosperous Canadian company was growing and providing employment. Workers living under an oppressive communist regime were invited to Canada. It’s the Canadian dream! And anyway, restrictions on the free movement of labour are economically unsound and a tad bit racist. Why would I need to worry about HD Mining’s business decision?
Sadly, the bullying of the unions has chastened HD Mining. They’ll not be offering the opportunity of a better life to any of the those people anymore.