Feds stop issuing visas to foreign strippers to fill shortages

Immigration minister embroiled in controversy defended program, claiming it helped fill labour shortage
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 12/13/2004

The federal government has stopped issuing visas to foreign-born strippers to fill job shortages following a storm of controversy.

Immigration Minister Judy Sgro has been under fire for fast tracking a visa for a Romanian stripper who later worked for Sgro as an election volunteer.

The announcement, made this week in the House of Commons by Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, is seen as a blow to Sgro. Sgro had been vehemently defending her actions for weeks, stating that the visa program for strippers was needed to fill a labour shortage.