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Kenney investigates Victoria fast food restaurant for labour violations

OTTAWA - The federal government is investigating a possible violation of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which has been a black eye for the governing Conservatives due to a series of abuses. The government is investigating allegations that an owner of a McDonald's franchise in Victoria broke the rules of the program, Employment Minister Jason Kenney said in a statement Sunday. "I have reasonable grounds to believe that this employer provided Employment and Social Development Canada with false, misleading or inaccurate information," Kenney said.

Kenney signs labour agreements with Ontario, part of cross-country tour

TORONTO - Employment Minister Jason Kenney is embarking on a cross-country tour to finalize labour agreements with the provinces and territories. He made his first stop Friday in Toronto to sign three agreements — including the once-contentious Canada Job Grant — with the Ontario Liberals. The two governments signed a labour market agreement for people with disabilities and another for older workers. Kenney says in Canada, governments spend more on skills development and job training than other major developed economies, but the private sector spends less.

Jason Kenney heading to Germany, Great Britain, to study apprenticeship systems

OTTAWA - Employment Minister Jason Kenney is travelling to Germany this weekend to study the European powerhouse's apprenticeship system. The German system is a long-established partnership between government, schools and business that most agree wouldn't fly in Canada. But those travelling in Kenney's delegation describe the trip as a fact-finding mission to determine what elements of the German system could, indeed, be replicated in Canada.

Kenney defends income-splitting promise, links it to 'stable families'

OTTAWA - Jason Kenney is vigorously backing the Conservative government's contentious income-splitting promise, infusing the debate with a social conservative element Friday as he insisted the scheme will benefit "stable" Canadian families. "All of the social research indicates that folks who come from stable families tend to do better in terms of their economic prospects, and income-splitting supports families who are investing in their kids," the federal employment minister said.

Deal reached on Canada Job Grant with provs, territories, except Quebec

OTTAWA - Ottawa has reached a deal on the Canada Job Grant with all the provinces and territories except Quebec, Employment Minister Jason Kenney said Friday. "At the end of the day, this will be a win-win for both sides," Kenney told a news conference at the Manning convention, an annual networking conference of conservatives.

Kenney, premiers, hint deal is looming on Canada Job Grant

OTTAWA - Federal and provincial officials said Tuesday that the future appears bright for the Canada Job Grant. Employment Minister Jason Kenney said his provincial and territorial counterparts are "pleased" with the flexibility the Conservative government has shown in negotiations on the once-contentious national job training program. "I'm pretty satisfied with the direction of everything," Kenney told the media outside the House of Commons.

As Kenney agrees to province's demands, Canada Job Grant deal inches closer

OTTAWA - The federal government has agreed to two key demands from the provinces and territories on its contentious Canada Job Grant, a development that could pave the way for a deal on the national job-training program, The Canadian Press has learned. Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney sent what he called a final counter-proposal to his provincial and territorial counterparts on Friday that addresses the primary obstacles to an agreement.

As Kenney agrees to province's demands, Canada Job Grant deal inches closer

OTTAWA - The federal government has agreed to two key demands from the provinces and territories on its contentious Canada Job Grant that could pave the way for a deal on the national job training program, The Canadian Press has learned. Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney sent a final counter-proposal to his provinces and territorial counterparts on Friday that addresses the primary obstacles to an agreement.

Jason Kenney says there's no rift in Tory caucus, laughs off leadership talk

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Employment Minister Jason Kenney says there's no federal Conservative caucus rift that he knows of and that he remains "good friends" with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. Kenney and Flaherty have been at odds in recent public comments ranging from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to income splitting and the Canada Job Grant. "Minister Flaherty and I are very good friends and I'll tell you, we're both committed to the same objectives and both very proud of our Irish heritage," he said Friday in St. John's, N.L.

Drop-dead date on Canada Job Grant not 'threat,' but 'back-up plan': Kenney

OTTAWA - Employment Minister Jason Kenney says the federal government is "very close" to implementing the contentious Canada Job Grant on its own, but insists the provinces and territories are not being held at gunpoint. "My department has been working on prospective delivery of the Canada Job Grant through Service Canada for the better part of a year, so we are very close to being ready to deliver that if necessary," Kenney said Wednesday in an interview with The Canadian Press. "This is nothing like a threat, it's just a back-up plan."
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