Immigration: la CAQ accused of acting in haste

Photo: Jacques Boissinot The canadian Press
Simon Jolin-Barrette, minister of Immigration

The government is accused of proceeding too quickly with the draft law on immigration, to the point where groups like the law society and the CSN have not been able to participate in the parliamentary Commission, due to lack of time to prepare.

The Barreau du Québec was able Wednesday afternoon that he was invited to make a presentation to the parliamentary committee on bill 9. The catch, explains his spokesperson Martine Best, it is that it had to make a presentation the next day. “The time was so short that we could not honor it. “

The Confederation of national trade union (CSN), one has declined the invitation for the same reasons. “Since the filing of the bill, we asked to be heard by the parliamentary commission, without success. And then they call us in the middle of the afternoon Wednesday to go to testify the next morning. It is a bill that has serious impacts for quebec society, we cannot ask the organizations to prepare a submission to the last minute “, explained by e-mail the president of the Confederation of national trade unions (CSN), Jacques Létourneau.

According to what was explained the leader of the government, Simon Jolin-Barrette, the two organizations were invited to fill in the time slots left vacant by the withdrawal of Quebec International and the Quebec City.

However, the leader of the liberal opposition, Sebastien Proulx, accuses him of ” hit the note “. Not only the groups lack of time to prepare, but the parliamentary committees do not consult enough people, argue the liberals.

For bill 9, for example, the LIBERALS had claimed 39 stakeholders, while Simon Jolin-Barrette is met Thursday, two times less stakeholders.

Of the obstruction

In the eyes of the minister of Immigration, the liberals are trying ” to put sand in the gears “. In the parliamentary system of quebec, the government must agree with the leader of the opposition on the timing of the construction, in particular those of the committees that study the bills.

“They slow down the Parliament, they slow down the adoption of the draft law,” said Mr. Jolin-Barrette. The leader of the government, was not the only one to deliver this address on Thursday. “There is a lack of collaboration between the official opposition and the government, so that it is difficult,” said the co-spokesman of solidarity, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, before the question period.

The opposition between Mr. Proulx and Mr. Jolin-Barrette has taken such a magnitude on Thursday after question period that the work of two parliamentary committees were paralyzed for nearly two hours.

During the work in the Room, Mr. Proulx has been criticized by the leader caquiste to hold a vote on the principle of the bill 1 at the same time that a parliamentary committee on the draft of the act, 8 which involved the same elected officials. “This is not respectful. […] The time do not press to the point of having to make it out there. “During this time, the continuation of the discussion in the blue Room prevented parliamentary committees from the start.

Pierre Fortin

The study of the draft law has finally been able to begin a 15-h with the passing of economist Pierre Fortin, whose remarks were going in the same direction as the government in several respects.

“What is important is the adequacy between the real needs of our businesses and applications that are made,” argued the economist, who sees in the system of declarations of interests (ARRIMA) a ” step in the right direction.”

Mr. Fortin has also been suggested that a moderate increase in levels of immigration was a good thing in itself and may generate unemployment among immigrants and intolerance.

The employers Council has subsequently called for a system of selection more effective and claimed that they welcome more than manual workers. “By 2026, one third of the jobs […] will require little or no qualifications,” he claims in his memory while taking on the importance of the “disproportionate” given the selection grid for academic qualifications. The Commission of labour market partners is also shown generally in favour of the bill. The consultation should continue its work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week.



A previous version of this article, which reported that the economist Pierre Fortin had no problem with the decision of Québec to cancel 18 000 cases pending at the department, has been corrected.


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