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    :: Monday, July 24, 2006 ::

    Improve immigration - Construction industry calls for changes to ease labour crunch - By IAN WILSON, The Calgary Sun
    'Labour shortages are having measurable impacts in a number of different ways throughout the economy - projects are being cancelled or scaled back, delays are growing and costs for projects are escalating,' says the letter.

    'What we as an industry are seeking from the federal government is merely assistance to facilitate our efforts.'

    But Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour, called the letter 'self-interested, self-serving spin to loosen rules for temporary foreign workers.'

    McGowan said industry needs to help improve the apprenticeship and training system in Canada.

    'The construction industry is looking to the government to solve a problem they themselves created through years of neglect of the Canadian labour pool,' he said, adding less than half of Albertans who enter apprenticeship programs end up completing them.

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