Quebec votes: Legault criticizes immigration minister who said newcomers 'don't work'
MONTREAL — Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault says incumbent Immigration Minister Jean Boulet is no longer qualified to hold that job after Boulet said the majority of immigrants to the province "don't work." Legault on Wednesday was forced to confront the statement Boulet made during a Sept. 21 election debate. The premier held a series of media interviews during which he said Boulet would no longer be immigration minister if the CAQ wins the Oct. 3 election. Earlier in the day, Legault distanced himself from Boulet's comments and told reporters his minister made a "serious error." "I regret that and I think Mr.
© Christin Muschi / Reuters campaign, Quebec Prime Minister François Legault, who is seeking a second term at the head of the Canadian French -speaking region, tried to Distance from words from his Minister of Labor and Immigration. Here, François Legault speaks in Drummondville, on May 29, 2022.
while the Quebec campaign ends for local elections on October 3, the question of immigration steals the show. The comments of the outgoing immigration minister, candidate for the Coalition Avenir Québec, whom the polls give a winner, aroused discomfort in the political class because he said that 80% of immigrants do not work. An erroneous statistic which he apologized on Wednesday, September 28.
Quebec election: What are the five main parties promising ahead of Oct. 3 vote?
MONTREAL — The Quebec election is on Oct. 3, and for the first time, five parties have a chance of winning at least one seat in the 125-seat legislature. Here is where the parties stand on some major themes. — Economy and cost of living The Coalition Avenir Québec is promising to cut income taxes by a total of 2.5 per cent over 10 years, with a first cut affecting to the two lowest tax brackets in 2023. The party is also promising to cut cheques this year for up to $600 for about 6.4 million Quebecers. Party leader François Legault says if re-elected, the CAQ would also spend $1.8 billion on social and affordable housing in the next mandate.
With our correspondent in Quebec, Pascale Guéricolas
"80 % of immigrants [who] go to Montreal, do not work, do not speak French, or do not adhere to the values of Quebec society. These words of the Quebec Minister of Labor and Immigration Jean Boulet, during an electoral debate, arouse a great discomfort in Quebec, especially since they do not reflect reality: the Immigrants work As much as people born in Canada, and eight in ten can support a conversation in French.
The Prime Minister of Quebec François Legault, in the running for a second term, wanted to dissociate himself from this declaration, suggesting that the candidate would no longer be Minister of Immigration. Asked about the number of foreigners that Quebec should welcome, he said, however, that it would be suicidal for this French-speaking company to go beyond the number of 50,000 immigrants per year, because French is in decline.
Quebec votes: Quebecers head to the polls for province's general election
MONTREAL — Quebecers are heading to the polls today after a five-week provincial election campaign dominated by issues such as immigration, the environment and the rising cost of living. Polls have suggested Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault is poised to cruise to a second majority, with support more than 20 percentage points higher than that of his closest rival. Legault is facing off against a crowded field including the Quebec Liberals, Quebec solidaire, the Parti Québécois and the Quebec Conservative Party, all of which are polling in the teens.
This position unworthy of one of her political opponents, the liberal Dominique Anglade, herself a daughter of Haitians: "These are words that are dangerous, because they feed the fear of the other. They divide Quebecers and they are false!
The Coalition Avenir Québec, which sees a second mandate in power , is not a far-right formation. On the other hand, the potential arrival of a large number of immigrants for labor needs worries part of its electorate, attached to a certain image of French-speaking Quebec.
► to read and listen also: Canada: French -speaking African students victims of discrimination for their study permits
Chris Selley: Ottawa finally draws a line on not tolerating Legault's intolerance .
“Principled” isn’t a word that often leaps to mind while considering modern Canadian politics, but hand it to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Quebec lieutenant, Pablo Rodriguez. They have made it reasonably clear to Quebec Premier François Legault that Ottawa will be of no help to his regressive immigration agenda. The newly re-elected Legault wants more power from Ottawa to control new arrivals, and he wants to use that power to freeze immigration at 50,000 per year, down from 70,000, even as employers, struggling with labour shortages like elsewhere in Canada, are pleading for more: The Federation of Quebec Chambers of Commerce estimates there are 271,000 job v