Bill 9 on immigration: bad start of the consultation

Projet de loi 9 sur l'immigration: départ raté de la consultation

The consultation around the controversial bill 9 on immigration has experienced a false start on Thursday.

The process of consultation on this piece of legislation, one of the most important part of the government, was to begin Thursday morning, but this was not possible, due to lack of participants.

The minister responsible for the file, Simon Jolin-Barrette, has declined to talk in front of empty chairs.

Two stakeholders, the Barreau du Québec and the CSN, which were to start the consultation process, are eventually dropped, on the pretext that they have not had sufficient time to prepare their memory. The NSA has also learned Wednesday that she was invited to present himself, within 24 hours of notification.

Several other speakers also dropped in the last few days or have asked to testify at a later date, for the same reasons, so it is impossible to know exactly how many organisms – probably between 16 and 21 only – will be heard in the context of this consultation, short-duration, four days.

During this time, the liberal opposition and the minister Jolin-Barrette accused each other on Thursday, in mixed media, to be responsible for this unusual position.

The liberals believe that the government Legault has not complied with the usual time between the filing of a bill and the consultation that must be followed, thus placing the institutions in an untenable position.

According to the parliamentary leader of the liberal opposition, Sebastien Proulx, organizations are of the opinion that the caquistes “don’t want to hear all the groups” interested.

One thing is for sure, according to him: “The time limits are too short”.

The minister introduced his bill on the 7th of February, leaving little time for stakeholders to prepare their participation in the exercise of parliamentary, especially as the draft law, the complex, consists of several components.

The spokesperson for liberal immigration, the mp Dominique Anglade, noted that “even the people who should participate do not participate”. It concludes with a “deficit of democracy”.

The minister Jolin-Barrette claims that the liberals have multiplied the delaying tactics designed to put a spoke in the wheels of the parliamentary process, in order to undermine the government.

He denounces their lack of “obstructive attitude” and “arrogance”.

“The liberal Party ensures that it will be putting sand in the gears”, seeking to slow down the adoption of the draft law, according to the minister, exceed in front of the apparent refusal of the official opposition to provide “quick”, its list of agencies to invite.

More than ever, since the beginning of this parliamentary session, the tension was palpable Thursday between caquistes and liberals.

Without success, of long and laborious negotiations have taken place between the two groups of parliamentarians with a view to clarify the number of stakeholders to invite to take part in the exercise. Unlike caquistes, the liberals wanted the widest possible consultation.

But the liberal party leader, Sébastien Proulx, denied register “in a logic of confrontation”.

Since its filing, the bill 9 is very much in the news. It includes the cancellation of 18 000 files waiting to be processed, while proposing a reform of the selection of immigration candidates, mainly focus on the docking between the professional abilities and the needs of the québec labour market.

In the middle of the afternoon, the consultation was finally able to start with the comments of economist Pierre Fortin, who came to say that the government should take into account the level of social acceptance, on the threshold of immigration to focus on, to avoid seeing the population to “blow on the embers of intolerance”. He recalled the need to promote the adequacy between the real needs of businesses and the skills of the candidates. He did not want to rule on the relevance of reducing the number of immigrants – from 50 000 to 40 000, as the government is committed to do so.

The quebec employers Council (CPQ), came to say that he agreed with the spirit of the bill as a whole, while expressing a few caveats.

The president of the CPQ, Yves-Thomas Dorval, says he is worried about the ability of the department of Immigration to process the applications of candidates within a reasonable time. The accumulation of the delays is hurting the competitiveness of companies that are looking for the best talent, he argues.

“It is the path of the fighter”, for the one who wishes to emigrate to Québec, according to him.



Now is the time to think about the best way to reconcile the role of childcare services in forthcoming deployment of the kindergartens four years.

This is the observation made by experts of preschool education and constituency of child care services who work together to organize a reflection exercise, with a view to proposing to the government ways to better manage the implementation next to the nursery to four years on all the territory.

The event will span two days, march 25 and 26, in Montreal, at the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie (ITHQ).

The idea has been launched by André Lebon, an expert on early childhood who has chaired the Commission on early childhood education.

Psychotherapist by training, he has produced a report in 2017 on the Centres de la petite enfance (CPE) and another in 2016 on the running away of girls from the youth centres, which fell into the hands of pimps.

At a press conference Thursday, he said want to raise the debate and make sure we get out of the current impasse, which pits the proponents of kindergarten, four years to the defenders of the early childhood Centres (CPE), to ensure the detection of learning disabilities.

It is absolutely necessary to avoid placing the two networks in competition and rather focus on their complementarity, he argued, for the good of the children.

One thing is for certain, the exercise of reflection will, therefore, not to challenge the decision of the government to go ahead with the deployment of the nursery to four years on all the territory, but rather to help ensure that all the pieces of the puzzle fit.

“We can’t antagonize. I can preach to a form of better coordination and better cooperation between all the bodies,” observed Mr. Lebon.

For its part, Québec solidaire, has argued that the exercise should have been done by the government, before taking its decision to build a new network.

“We would have had to act beforehand,” said the mp solidarity Christine Labrie, who is calling for a moratorium on the nursery for four years.

She also said hoped that the minister of the Family, Mathieu Lacombe, to be present at the event.

“This improvisation of the government” will only increase the insecurity in the network of care services, said the vice-president of the CSN, Véronique De Sève. The plant represents many of the daycare workers, worried about losing their jobs as a result of the upheavals to come, ” she says.

Many experts and researchers, including Camil Bouchard, have already confirmed their presence at the event, along with various organizations, including the Association québécoise des CPE (AQCPE) and unions.

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