Modern Canadian History
B.A. (Honours), McGill University, 2009
My intended M.A. topic is an examination of the origins of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program, a government program founded in 1966 that imports temporary foreign workers from the Caribbean and Mexico to work in Canada's agricultural industry. What I am especially interested in is the introduction of temporary immigration into Canada's immigration policy. Since 2000, the number of temporary foreign workers in Canada has grown each year. In each year since 2006, more temporary foreign workers have arrived in Canada than permanent economic immigrants. This represents a profound shift in the country's immigration policy, and I want to examine the historical background of this shift. I will be working under the supervision of Prof. Barrington Walker.