Is The Ontario Government Using Slave Labour?
by Terry Wilson
Canadian Awareness Network
August 15, 2013
When the topic of forced labour or slave labour is discussed, countries like China and other similar totalitarian regimes are what most people invision. We definitely do not think of Ontario or anywhere in Canada. But is that a misconception?
In my short stay at the Central East Corrections Center in Lindsay Ontario, I made sure to observe how the state operates when it is given full control. I saw many many things that made my stomach turn, but none as much the prison work programs.
Inmates in the general prison population where given the chance to do work in the kitchen, doing laundry, and doing grounds keeping. The inmates in protective custody could work in a factory.
While working for the outside grounds keeping I noticed a sign on the factory that said Trilcor. So I asked around about what that was and what they do in the factory. I was told that they make license plates and do sewing. Here is what the ministry of community safety and corrections states about Trilcor:
Trilcor Industries was established in 1991.
The Trilcor name comes from the words “trillium”, Ontario’s provincial flower, and “corrections”.
By providing inmates with the opportunity to work at meaningful jobs, the program provides cost effective, rehabilitative work experience for offenders. In the process, they learn valuable skills that will serve them well upon release. A regular work schedule teaches offenders accountability, responsibility and teamwork.
Trilcor’s products are marketed to government organizations at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, as well as school boards and not-for-profit organizations. Ontario’s correctional facilities also use a number of Trilcor’s products. This provides the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services with direct cost savings.
You can see all of the products they make HERE.
I will use the license plates that the inmates produce to illustrate what bothered me so much about it. The inmates working to make the plates are payed one chocolate bar a week. A chocolate bar for 35-40 hours of work. Now the inmates are not forced to work. They do have a choice, so it cannot be compared to forced labour in a physical sense. But being in jail is so mind numbingly boring that the ability to do anything seems like it was sent from heaven. Many inmates work to save themselves mentally.
Being payed a chocolate bar a week to produce license plates that the government charges $85 for others to buy. In my opinion is slave labour. What do you think?