Oh Congress, Can You Make Us like Canada?

"To obtain permits for temporary foreign workers, companies need to show a Canadian cannot be found to do the work," according to Diana Mehta at the Canadian Press.  So when it was leaked that the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) was forcing 47 RBC techies to train their foreign replacement, the Canadian government's regulatory departments moved to investigate.

"At the heart of the controversy is a multinational company called iGate, which was contracted to provide certain technology services to RBC — a situation thought to affect 45 current employees in Toronto.

Government officials are now scrutinizing the application documents submitted by iGate in its case to bring in foreign workers to provide services to Canada’s largest bank.

HRSDC officials are currently reviewing the labour market opinions submitted by iGate in great detail, based on apparent discrepancies between RBC’s public statement and information which has previously been provided to the government,” said Alyson Queen, a spokeswoman for Human Resources Minister Diane Finley."

The H1-b & L-1 Reform Act, co-sponsored by Senators Brown (D-OH) and Grassley (R-IA), will give American regulators the power to investigate and punish companies that attempt to replace us. 

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