It would be “suicidal” to welcome more than 50,000 immigrants a year, says Legault | Elections Quebec 2022
François Legault spoke Wednesday morning before the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
In order to counter the trend of the decline of French in the province, François Legault believes that it is necessary to stick to the immigration threshold proposed by his party, namely 50,000 immigrants per year from 2023. It would be “a little suicidal” to accept more newcomers, according to the CAQ leader.
The outgoing Prime Minister, under whom Quebec welcomed more immigrants than ever, declared Wednesday morning before the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM) that his party would be more demanding in terms of knowledge of French among immigrants. We will try to send a greater percentage [of immigrants] to the French-speaking regions, he assured.
“But until we stop the decline of French, I think that for the Quebec nation that wants to protect the tongue, it would be a little suicidal to go and increase [the threshold]. »
— François Legault, leader of the Coalition avenir Québec
Questioned in a scrum following his speech, the CAQ leader maintained that Quebecers expected the government to take concrete action to stop the trend of language decline.
To this statement is added the controversial one by his outgoing Minister of Immigration and Labor, Jean Boulet, which resurfaced after being delivered last week during a debate between the candidates for the riding of Trois-Rivières.
Mr. Boulet said that 80% of immigrants go to Montreal, do not work, do not speak French or do not adhere to the values of Quebec society.
On Wednesday, the caquiste candidate in Trois-Rivières said he was sorry for having badly expressed [his] thought, judging that his statement should have been understood in two stages. On the one hand, 80% of immigrants go to Montreal. On the other hand, [there are some who do not] work, [do not] speak French or do not adhere to the values of Quebec society.
François Legault, for his part, “regretted” Mr. Boulet's comments. “It's not what he thinks,” he assured.
Earlier in the campaign, the CAQ leader had to ;apologize for muddled remarks that gave the impression of conflating immigration and violence. He later admitted that he shouldn't have “named values” when answering the question posed to him.
More details to come.