Migrant farmworkers die in Canada, and Mexico wants answers
“I trust that everything will be fine,” said Aaron, a 31-year-old husband and father from Guanajuato state who declined to be identified by his last name.
But in this year of the coronavirus, the precautions have not kept all of Canada’s migrant farmworkers safe. At least 600 have contracted covid-19, and at least two, both Mexicans, have died.
Mexico, which provides nearly half of Canada’s migrant farmworkers, has become so concerned that officials said this week they’re hitting the “pause button” on plans to send up to 5,000 more to Canada until they’re satisfied the conditions that led to the deaths of Bonifacio Eugenio Romero, 31, and Rogelio Muñoz Santos, 24, will be rectified — threatening a labor crunch for Canada’s already squeezed agricultural sector.
“For us, it was only responsible to halt the coming of further workers until we have this clarity,” said Juan José Gómez Camacho, Mexico’s ambassador to Canada.
Mary Robinson, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, said the loss of these workers …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]