British Columbia’s labour leaders may be calling the homeward-bound trip for 16 Chinese temporary foreign workers a success, but they are celebrating an empty victory that hurts everyone in B.C.
The 16 jobs in question at HD Mining’s Murray River Project near Tumbler Ridge were highly specialized – and the Chinese workers had those skills. It was the start of something bigger – and a total of 200 specialized miners to do preparatory mining at the site and see if it was feasible. They were slated to train Canadian workers in new underground skills. Local workers would have learned new skills – something that will really help as demand for skilled workers ramps up across B.C., Canada, and the globe.