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.