Last week a Sasknow.ca News Poll question asked if we thought the provincial government should change the rules so that foreign business development anywhere in the province has a minimum Canadian hiring quota. As of this writing, 12% of respondents had voted no with the remaining 88% voting yes.
As it stands, rules for the Canadian Immigration Nominee program say that if an immigrant establishes a company in Saskatoon or Regina they have to hire at least two Canadians or permanent residents. However, the proposed 300 tenants at the new Chinese mega-mall being built at the Global Transportation Hub are not going to be required to hire any Canadians. The government says that’s because even though the GTH is inside Regina city limits, it was legislated to be its own municipality like an airport authority or First Nations reserve. The firm building the mall, Brightenview, is advertising this hiring exemption in China as one of the project’s benefits and they also tout the fact the facility is in the city of Regina. The provincial government also says on a popular social media platform in China that the GTH is located in Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan. As if the background formation of the GTH doesn’t already have an odorous smell to it starting with questionable land transactions enriching a couple of businessmen with connections to the government.