04/29/2014 01:28 EDT | Updated 04/29/2014 01:59 EDT

People With ‘A Little Colour' Not Necessarily Foreign Workers, And Other Claims From The CFIB

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has been one of the most vocal supporters of Canada’s temporary foreign worker (TFW) program, and it’s become even more vocal in the days since Employment Minister Jason Kenney suspended use of the program at restaurants.

The group’s president, Dan Kelly, called Kenney’s move a “slap in the face to entrepreneurs in the food services sector.”

And in an interview with CBC’s Cross Country Checkup on Sunday, Kelly suggested that the controversy over the TFW program is whipping up racism across the country.

“When we see somebody that has an accent or a little bit of colour in a restaurant location, we may jump to the conclusion that they are a temporary foreign worker when in fact they are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident,” Kelly said.

"I sure don't jump to that conclusion," CBC host Suhana Meharchand replied.

“I don’t think many Canadians do, but because of the stories that have been whipped up over this, there is some of that that’s happening in our country,” Kelly argued.

Besides the claim that the debate over the TFW program is inflaming racial tensions, Kelly has made some other controversial statements regarding Canadian workers and their temporary foreign counterparts.

Here are some of his more colourful assertions about TFWs. Is he making legitimate points, or just fabricating excuses for companies that don’t want to pay workers more? Let us know in the comments below.

(Video clip via Press Progress)

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