McCallum To Speak On Temporary Foreign Worker Program

John McCallum, the Liberal Critic for Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism, will be in Abbotsford June 5 at 6:30 pm at Abbotsford UFV, lecture theatre located in B101 for an open dialogue on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Hosted by the UFV Student Union Society, McCallum is on a national fact-finding tour to hear first-hand from Canadians about the impact of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). People are being encouraged to come share their experiences, opinions, desires good or bad on the TFWP.

McCallum intends to meet with business and industry leaders and Canadian and foreign workers who have had direct experience with the program. His stop in Abbotsford is important as the program affects a wide range of industries and workers in this region, berry growers, hospitality etc.

The event is sponsored by UFV and the UFV Student Union Society. It starts with an informal meet and greet at 6:30 pm. McCallum will then speak starting at 7 pm, and then the audience will be asked to participate in the discussion.

Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided at a meet-and-greet hosted by the Student Union Society at 6:30pm, with the talk beginning at 7:00pm and finishing with questions from the audience.

More about John McCallum:
From UFV Student Union Society

John McCallum was elected to the House of Commons in November 2000. He currently serves as the Liberal Critic for Citizenship & Immigration, Multiculturalism and Seniors. He is also currently serving as the vice-chair of the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. During his time in politics Mr. McCallum has held many Cabinet portfolios under both the Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin governments including Minister of National Defence, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Minister of Natural Resources, and Minister of National Revenue. Prior to his appointment to Cabinet, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance. As well, he served as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and as a member of the Standing Committee on Finance.

Before entering politics, Mr. McCallum was senior vice-president and chief economist of the Royal Bank of Canada between 1994 and 2000. Prior to that he worked as a professor of economics at McGill University (1987-94), Université du Québec à Montréal (1982-87), Simon Fraser University (1978-82), and the University of Manitoba (1976-78). Prior to joining the Royal Bank, he was dean of the faculty of arts at McGill University .

A native of Montreal, Mr. McCallum obtained a bachelor of arts from Cambridge University, a diplôme d’études supérieures from Université de Paris and a doctorate in economics from McGill University

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