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Liberals would remove ‘head tax’ from worker nominee program

Manitoba Liberal leader, Dougald Lamont said Thursday he would eliminate a $500 fee for skilled foreign workers wanting to come to the province if elected.
Manitoba Liberal leader, Dougald Lamont said Thursday he would eliminate a $500 fee for skilled foreign workers wanting to come to the province if elected. Randall Paull/Global News

The Manitoba Liberals say it would scrap a $500 fee for skilled foreign workers wanting to come to the province if the party wins the Sept. 10 election.

Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservatives brought in the fee as part of Manitoba’s nominee program in November 2016.

The program allows the government to nominate immigrants according to the province’s labour needs.

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Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont calls the fee a “head tax” and says the Tories haven’t kept a promise to use at least $2 million of the money raised for immigration programming.

He says a Liberal government would also make it easier for foreign workers to be reunited with their families.

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Lamont says bringing families together is humane, economic, and helps build communities.

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