YW Interview: Hon. Monte Solberg

Canada’s Labour Minister addresses the labour crisis

The Hon. Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada, spoke recently at the Queen’s University Master’s of Industrial Relations Alumni Conference 2008 in Kingston, Ont. Your Workplace was on site to capture his action plan for addressing Canada’s workforce needs.

At the turn of the last century, in the days before electricity and running water, potential immigrants to Canada were required to first show their hands to the immigration officer to prove they had the hard hands necessary to settle in one of Canada’s last frontiers. “In those days, so much of how we were rewarded had to do with what those hard hands could produce,” said Minister Solberg.

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