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Two building trades unions say the resumes of Canadian workers that were submitted to HD Mining show there were qualified Canadians who applied to work at a coal mine near Tumbler Ridge.
Brian Cochrane is with one of the unions.
"I guess this justifies exactly why we've been pursuing this matter so diligently from the beginning despite the objections from the federal governmemnt and HD Mining, because this was our suspicion all along, that there were qualified Canadians that should have had the first opportunity at these jobs."
Cochrane says there were applicants who had as much as 30 years of mining experience, who had mineral engineering degrees, and who had managed major mines in Canada.
HD Mining obtained a federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program permit to bring 200 Chinese miners to BC -- claiming there were no qualified Canadians available for the jobs.
Legal counsel for the unions got a federal court order that allowed the Canadian workers' resumes to be reviewed.