Fay Faraday talks Migrant Dreams and the TFWP on The Agenda with Steve Paikin
Through reports such as Canada’s Choice and Made in Canada, Metcalf Innovation Fellow Fay Faraday has extensively documented how exploitation and inequality are embedded within the design of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
On September 14th, Faraday joined filmmaker Min Sook Lee and organic farm owner Jennifer Pfenning for a panel discussion on The Agenda with Steve Paikin. The group explored the history and impact of the TWFP through the lens of Lee’s documentary Migrant Dreams — which follows a group of migrant workers employed in the Leamington greenhouse industry who speak out against the oppression they face.
The panel discussion was a timely one: on September 19, the Parliamentary Committee that reviewed the TFWP is expected to table its report in Parliament, proposing recommendations for reform. Without a comprehensive overhaul, argued Faraday and Lee, the current system will continue to permit and perpetuate human and labour rights abuses against Canada’s migrant workers.
“We’ve created temporary labour migration programs that are designed to bring workers here from conditions that are extremely impoverished, and we bring them here under terms that are very exploitable,” said Faraday.
“The freedom for workers to speak about their labour and human rights is muzzled by the design of the program,” agreed Lee. “It’s not a rotten apple, it’s a rotten cart.”