Ganong calls for foreign worker policy changes
CEO recently hosted federal immigration minister at St. Stephen plant
A New Brunswick businessman says the province needs more foreign workers and better policies to help them come and live in the province.
David Ganong recently hosted federal immigration minister Jason Kenney for a sit down meeting at his candy factory in St. Stephen to see how foreign workers contribute to the local community.
"I think he was very impressed with what he saw when he was here," said Ganong.
Ganong also talked to the minister about how various federal policies are having a very big impact on real families.
Although Kenney didn't promise any changes, Ganong thinks the experience did leave an impression.
Ganong says his factory has relied upon foreign workers since 2008 and the experience has been very positive.
"We found the work ethic to be outstanding," he said. "There is almost no absenteeism."
But the family of a driver — Ray Joyner — who works for REM trucking, which is often hired to move Ganong product, has to leave the country because of rules pertaining to temporary work permits.
Joyner's wife, Karen, recently told their twin children that even though they love New Brunswick, their home since 2009, they cannot stay.
The family came to New Brunswick from Britain and after four years on temporary work permits, Joyner tried to apply for permanent residency. But she was told her husband, who is 63, is too old.
People must be between the ages of 22 and 55 to be considered.
"No, no, they can't do this," was the reaction Joyner got from her son Harrison. "Daddy loves working as a truck driver."
The family's home is now up for sale.