OTTAWA — The prime minister Justin Trudeau reiterated Wednesday that his government was concerned about the shortage of labour in Quebec, while his minister Dominic LeBlanc, is preparing to meet the minister Sonia LeBel to discuss immigration.
“We are going to have conversations between the ministers and it remains focused on the concern that we have, that Quebecers have in relation to the shortage of manpower, he said. But we will want to work with the government of Quebec to respond to their concerns and their desires also.”
The federal ministers will use the meeting of the caucus of the members of the Coalition avenir Québec in the Outaouais region to meet with ministers of the government of Legault.
A head-to-head to talk about asylum seekers and immigration is expected between the federal minister of intergovernmental Affairs, Dominic LeBlanc and the minister responsible for Relations with canada, Quebec, Sonia LeBel.
The federal minister of Infrastructure, François-Philippe Champagne, confirmed that he must participate in a dinner and informal evening in the company of the quebec minister of Transport, François Bonnardel, and his colleague at the Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon. He has previously met with Mr. Bonnardel.
List of requests
The quebec government hopes for a federal assistance to carry out the extension of the blue line of the Montreal metro and the tramway project in Quebec.
The prime minister François Legault had already done part of its list of requests to Ottawa two weeks ago during a meeting with Justin Trudeau, Sherbrooke.
The government Legault hopes to settle the question of the threshold reduction of immigration as well as that of the French test and values for newcomers. He wants to temporarily decrease by 20% the number of immigrants admitted to Québec in the three categories: economic immigrants, refugees and those from the reunification of the family. These last two categories are managed by the federal government.
However, Ottawa opposes the government’s decision Legault reduce the number of immigrants to the shortage of manpower, suggesting that it is not the time. The minister LeBlanc had indicated two weeks ago that it was his government’s priority for the québec economy.
Quebec also hopes to bring to a conclusion negotiations for the financing of the reception of asylum seekers, which he estimated at $ 300 million. Ottawa has expanded the Tuesday envelope for the three provinces that have faced the irregular arrival of migrants at the u.s.-canada border. The federal government offers 114,7 million $ in Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba. This amount is added to the envelope of $ 50 million proposed last June. Quebec had not accepted its share of fear not to be able to receive more.
The government Legault also asks for an income statement single-administered by Quebec and the payment of the compensation promised by Ottawa for dairy farmers since the signing of the new NAFTA.