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Temporary foreign worker David Beattie, left, from Scotland and Thomas Sutton from England take a break from working on construction of a new police station in Edmonton.
Temporary foreign worker David Beattie, left, from Scotland and Thomas Sutton from England take a break from working on construction of a new police station in Edmonton.
(Jason Franson For The Globe and Mail)

SEAN SILCOFF

Behind the foreign-worker brouhaha lies a far bigger question

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This week’s brouhaha over Royal Bank of Canada’s latest outsourcing move is a sideshow to a larger issue: Canada’s exploding temporary foreign worker population. The federal government promised reforms in this area in its recent budget. Let’s hope the feds are serious – much needs to be fixed.