Video of a massive lineup of people outside a grocery store in Brampton has the internet giving food retail tycoon Galen Weston a break and, instead, raging at the Liberal government.
Footage from a couple of videos show the lengthy line in all its glory as hundreds waited for their turn at a Fortinos store on Mountainash Rd., near Bovaird Dr. E.
The poster, @BramaleaRd, captioned the eye-popping video, “Hundreds of international students lined up for hours outside a Brampton Fortinos in hopes of finding a job!!”
The line stretches out of the store’s doors, down the sidewalk and along the street.
Shocked commenters on social media had a lot to say about Canada’s immigration, housing in the GTA, the labour shortage, financial assistance for international students and low wages that come with it all.
“This is scary and is the result of faulty immigration system,” one person wrote. “Hundreds of thousands entering into this country but no upgrade of any system. Same grocery stores, same Tim Hortons, same McDonald’s. Very sad to see this situation of the new immigrants here in a developed country.”
Another user tagged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former housing minister Sean Fraser. “This is sad to watch. Total policy failure. No jobs, more competition, lower wage growth, lower standard of living. #wakeup and don’t f*** up Canada anymore with your dumb immigration numbers.”
A third commenter wrote, “Suppressing wages is half the point of mass immigration. Trudeau’s pay-off to his wealthy friends.”
A fourth opined, “A true labour shortage causes a near automatic wage increase across the board. We’re not seeing this at all. People can’t find good workers. No shortage of people applying.”
One person simply wrote, “This is sad to watch.”
Fortinos is known for regularly running job fairs to match up applicants with roles at the stores, according to Loblaw, which owns the chain.
“On Monday, all Fortinos locations held a job fair, looking for full-time employees who can start in September,” a Loblaw spokesperson said in a statement. “The Brampton Mountainash store had a fantastic turnout with about 500 interviews conducted in one day.”
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