Cutting immigration in Quebec is generally seen as a positive thing given the reservations many have about immigration and the effect on French identity and culture. The new Coalition Avenir Quebec government says it will cut immigration to the province by roughly 20 per cent next year.
Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette tabled the plan in the legislature today, following through on one of the Coalition’s most contentious campaign promises.
Annual immigration will drop to about 40,000 from about 50,000 this year.
Jolin-Barrette says the government is acting on a clear mandate received in the October 1 election. He says the cuts will allow the province to better integrate newcomers.
Needless to say, the plan drew criticism from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before it was even made official.
He said in Ottawa that he doesn’t think it is the time for Quebec to be reducing immigration when employers are complaining of labour shortages.
But it is also a fact that a large number of immigrants who come in through Quebec end up finding their way into English Canada and the perceived shortage of workers is something that the Quebec has been living with for a long time. Perhaps soon enough technology and robots could be employed. -CINEWS