British Columbia to import low-wage miners from China

Liberal leader Christy Clark touts coal mining as a jobs machine for British Columbia. Too bad many of those jobs will go to low-wage workers imported from China.

HD Mining is backed by Chinese investment. The company plans to operate a mine near Tumbler Ridge. HD Mining claimed it couldn’t find qualified Canadians. Maybe this was because its job adverts required Mandarin skills.

Meanwhile, the Chinese miners are only required to know 100 English words. And they are willing to work for peanuts compared with their Canadian counterparts.

The government has already approved 201 Chinese miners to work at Tumbler Ridge on a temporary basis. But as many as 2,000 Chinese miners could be expected to work at the mine eventually.

Of course, you get what you pay for. Chinese mines are the most dangerous in the world. Last year, about 2,000 miners died in accidents.