18 000 immigration records: Duclos calls for caution [VIDEO]

The federal minister of the Family and member of parliament for Quebec, Jean-Yves Duclos, invited caution in the folder of the 18 000 records of immigration that the provincial government wants to throw at the basket.

Even if he insisted on the fact that it was the government of Quebec to address the issue of 18 000 immigration files waiting for processing, Mr. Duclos has called for caution, on the sidelines of the annual gathering of business people, the theme of which was precisely the issues of labor and immigration.

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“It is the government of Quebec, to each his responsibilities. But we must be careful : Quebec has always been recognized to provide a good home, but it is in competition with other countries and other provinces to welcome the immigrants”, said the minister, who considers that the communication remains good between Québec and Ottawa in the matter of immigration.

“The relationships go well and they will go even better over the next few weeks,” he said, confident of reaching an agreement in this matter with the government of François Legault.

“It must be recognized that there is a big issue in Quebec, which is larger than elsewhere in Quebec, and bigger still than elsewhere in Canada (in regards to the shortage of manpower). Among the solutions, there is the pane of the temporary and the permanent part, and we support the permanent part. We want people to come to Quebec permanently”, he added.

A few minutes earlier, the quebec minister of Immigration, Simon Jolin-Barrette, had delivered a speech at the opening of the annual Meeting of business people in which he had defended his bill 9.

“This bill modernizes the immigration system by anchoring it with the needs of the labour market. The idea is that the people that we welcome to meet a need. Before, there was a scoring grid that valued education, but not necessarily the areas where there were needs of the workforce,” he explained, citing the unemployment rate of immigrants would be double that of the native population of Quebec.




In calling for the resignation of the prime minister Justin Trudeau in the wake of the case of SNC-Lavalin, the leader of the conservatives Andrew Scheer has been a lack of judgment. At least that is the opinion of the federal minister of the Family and liberal member of Quebec Jean-Yves Duclos, who continues to support his head.

“The attack on Mr. Scheer does that demonstrate his lack of judgment,” said Mr. Duclos in a press briefing Thursday morning on the sidelines of the annual gathering of business people. He then commented briefly on the statements made by the former Justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.

“I am well aware of Ms. Wilson-Raybould, I have often worked with it. But there is a disagreement between your version and our version. For us, what is important is to respect the independence of the judiciary, but also the fact that this folder was in danger 9000 jobs,” he pleaded. “The prime minister is obliged to take into account the impact (that would have been an indictment of Lavalin) on innocent people such as workers and pensioners of the company. The prime minister must take his responsibility and his responsibilities are to take the defence of those who are innocent.”

“It was transparent, it was left to Ms. Wilson-Raybould the opportunity to give his version. Now, this will be the ethics commissioner to give us his version, but Ms. Wilson-Raybould has said that the intervention of Justin Trudeau was legal,” he concluded.

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