In the days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2010, the federal government of Justin Trudeau was on the verge of giving a big bang to a program that has been part of Canada’s economic history for years.
But in recent years, with little fanfare, it has been gradually winding down the program.
In 2015, Trudeau announced a $10.2-billion cut to the disaster assistance program that was designed to help rebuild the country.
Last month, he announced a new $1.9-billion plan to make it easier for businesses to file tax returns and get a new corporate income tax system in place.
But he also announced the end of the Temporary Foreign Worker program, which has provided temporary foreign workers with permanent residence status in Canada.
Under the program, people brought to Canada for business, educational or religious reasons are allowed to work here for a few years, but the temporary workers must go back to their home country and return to their workplace.
“There is no question we need a comprehensive plan that will help rebuild our economy, and that includes the temporary foreign worker program,” Trudeau said last week.
The new program is set to begin Jan. 1, 2018.
But with the Trudeau government struggling to make good on its election promises to create a manufacturing jobs boom, the Liberals are now facing a potential backlash.
“The government has made it very clear it is not going to put up a lot of money,” said Jim Flaherty, a former chief economist with the Bank of Canada.
“It’s not going out and making a big splash, and there’s not a lot there.”
The $5-billion program was designed as a way to attract foreign investment in Canada’s struggling manufacturing sector.
At the time, many in Canada believed that it was a key to the country’s long-term economic prosperity.
But a growing number of Canadians say the program is hurting the economy and the country has become a less attractive place for foreign investment.
The temporary foreign working program began as part of a Liberal government-sponsored program in 2002, to help build infrastructure.
It was meant to be a temporary fix for a short-term shortage in the construction industry.
But the program ballooned from $5.5-million in 2003 to $10-million over 10 years.
The Trudeau government, however, has decided to phase it out completely, saying that while the program still provides temporary work to those who qualify, it is no longer needed.
The Liberals announced that they will gradually end the program by the end for companies with more than 250 workers, starting in 2018.
However, they have yet to announce how they will phase out the program in a way that would benefit the economy more than the temporary working program.
The program also has become one of the biggest political headaches for the Liberals, whose election campaign promises to increase foreign investment were widely seen as part and parcel of the Liberals’ election platform.
“In order to attract more investment, we need more investment,” said Finance Minister Joe Oliver.
“And the government is now offering temporary foreign work to businesses that need it.”
That’s what the Liberals said they were doing, too.
“We are going to offer temporary foreign skilled workers temporary residence in Canada and we will create a tax credit for them, so they can find work in Canada, so that they can start paying taxes, so we can start creating jobs, so people can start bringing their families here,” said Trudeau during a campaign event in May.
“So that they are not forced back into their home countries.”
The program is currently administered by the Department of Immigration and Refugees.
It is currently being used by many companies that want to bring temporary foreign nationals to Canada, such as Ford, Toyota, Microsoft, IBM and others.
The federal government has said that temporary foreign residents can bring their families to Canada in the event of an emergency, such a natural disaster or conflict, but they must have the permission of their home government to do so.
Under current law, companies can only apply for a work permit from the Canadian government.
It takes three years for a temporary foreign resident to be eligible for a job in Canada after he or she has completed a three-year apprenticeship.
The Conservatives are now pushing to phase out temporary foreign temporary workers, and are planning to increase the number of temporary foreign permanent residents in the coming months.
“You can look at it as a positive,” said Tim Wilson, a senior adviser at the Fraser Institute.
“If you can provide a pathway to citizenship, that will improve people’s lives.
If you can give people access to a higher level of economic opportunity, that’ll boost the economy.”
Wilson also said that the temporary program can also boost the Canadian economy.
“I think it’s a very good thing for the economy, because you have a much bigger pool of people who want to come here and have the opportunity to work in a better environment and to start making money, and you have the added benefit that you have to bring your family here,” he said.
But even Wilson said