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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000924.txt from 2000/09

From: Janet McNaught <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Montreal Audition and Competition
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000 17:17:13 -0400

Mario - I believe that this policy is generated by Canadian Immigration
regulations, which require the employer to demonstrate that there are no "better"
qualified Canadians available for a job in order to give foreigners work permits.

Maybe not appropriate in these days of open borders, but please don't blame the
orchestra - (and please, no "Blame Canada" jokes here).

And I do appreciate that American immigration policy is somewhat more open, but I
don't think that Canadians have "no problem" taking your jobs - there are similar
problems with green cards for free lance artists. wrote:

> A question: How many clarinetists were at this audition?
> Am I the only person bothered by the fact that Canadian orchestras still have
> "Canadian-only" auditions? When a vacancy occurred for principal clarinet in
> this "World Class" orchestra some years ago, the position was filled by a
> similar audition. Apparently competition frightens Canadians, who keep the
> vast number of Americans at bay for their premiere jobs, but have no problem
> coming to our more open and competitive country and taking our jobs. This
> seems to be a problem with clarinet in particular, since there are obviously
> too many good clarinetists for the demand, and Canadian orchestras can easily
> lessen the pool by keeping the Americans out. They would of course never
> dream of doing such a thing when they need to fill a position in the horn
> section or the bassoon section, so why clarinet.

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