I'm inclined to support the motion. I hope all members would.
I would like to move either a friendly amendment or a formal amendment, however you think it would be best to move this.
Before doing that, Mr. chair, I will share a little rationale because I want to give context to show that I'm not trying to take the committee in a completely different direction. I do support the work that my friend from Quebec here is trying to do for her constituents.
It has been related to me that temporary foreign workers—particularly under the seasonal agricultural worker program—pay not just taxes, but payroll taxes, particularly to the Canada pension plan as well as old age security payments like any other Canadian worker. I think that's probably to make sure there's an even playing field.
The problem is that when they return to Mexico, they can apply to receive some of their taxes back, but they cannot apply to get back their Canada pension or their old age security.
I'm not suggesting that we need to do an intensive study of this. I would simply suggest that we maybe amend the motion to tag this on after “which ends in May” and before “and”, so that it would say “which ends in May, as well as to question officials who are knowledgeable of payments made by temporary foreign workers, and that this study include at least two meetings to hear from witnesses.”
The reason, Mr. Chair, is that I do think we need to have an explanation as to why they pay into our Canada pension plan and old age security—mainly the Canada pension plan—when there's no expectation that they will ever be able to pull that money out.
I think many people would simply suggest that it seems wrong and unfair that someone's efforts end up paying for someone else's benefit down the road, noting that the temporary foreign worker program—particularly the seasonal agriculture worker program—is not an immigration program. It is a work program.
I would ask members that if they can squeak that in or perhaps you can just ask that officials will come. I want to be able to ask a few questions and see why this program is set up like that.