“Quebec is a land of welcome, but it seems that we have forgotten that” | Elections Quebec 2022

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“Quebec is a land of welcome, but it seems that we have forgotten ça” | Élections Quebec 2022

More welcome, less “pure wool”, three generations of women with an immigrant background are concerned about the labor shortage during this election period, but not only.

The P'tit quai promenade in Port-Cartier.

Maria Esther Savage, originally from Mexico City, arrived in 1977 in Port-Cartier, on the North Shore. She had just married Bertrand Talbot, who piloted boats on the St. Lawrence River. She says she was lucky to go and live in a remote area, the “Quebec jungle”, as she calls it, because she had no choice but to integrate into her host community. , had no choice but to learn French.

It was during a dinner with her daughter, Lia Talbot, that Maria Esther recalls her memories of 45 years ago. year. Both women live in Montreal now; Bertrand Talbot died in 2009. Lia sees herself as much Quebecer as Mexican, quebecana, as she says. She would like immigrants to be better welcomed, in immersion in the regions if necessary, to teach them French, since they are a solution to alleviate the labor shortage.

We must not be afraid that a large number of immigrants will distort Quebec society, according to her. Canada is a young country and Quebec is a land of welcome, but it seems that we have forgotten that, but we still are with the immigration which continues, and I really hope that we will not limit the flood of immigrants coming to Quebec.

Lia's daughter and Maria Esther's granddaughter, Sati Berrones (from her Mexican father's surname), completes the portrait. She likes to make those who ask her where she is from guess her origins, she tells them Quebecer and something else. Sati is only 16, she can't vote yet, but she can't wait, especially to give weight to her concerns about climate change.

Sati Berrones, daughter of Lia Talbot

Here are their testimonials:

Maria-Esther Savage
I live here and it's not just that I love you, but I have a lot of respect for the country where I live. I really appreciate that we can vote and there is respect on the vote. I cannot compare with Mexico, where there is a lot of corruption. Political life here is what amazes me, it is important to vote, I can go vote, I will go vote. I won't miss it.

Lia Talbot, daughter of Maria-Esther
Me, I think it would be good for us to free ourselves from the myth of pure wool […] I think that this myth blocks reception. […] In the sense that my mother, in this case, who says that she loves Quebecers and feels Quebecois, that part of her is Quebecer, well that excludes her from this gang- there which is pure. Since we are a land of welcome, why say that we are pure wool since we were built by immigration.

Sati Berrones, daughter of Lia and granddaughter of Maria Esther
I've been thinking a lot lately that I can't wait for my generation to take their place, for it to be more of us who are there. But I was also worried that there are people my age who don't care about the environment, who prefer profits, more money, without thinking of others. But I still see that our generation is a little more aware of the environment, systemic racism, the problems that women experience, poverty. So it's going to be better? It might…I actually hope it will be better.

  • increase the number of immigrants to fill the labor shortage work;
  • taking into account immigration needs region by region;
  • better integrating immigrants, bringing them into contact with Quebecers;
  • francization of immigrants could be done by immersion, in the regions;
  • invest in public transport so that there are fewer cars;
  • think big to tackle climate change.

Manon Globensky's report is broadcast on the program Désautels on Sunday on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon and in rebroadcast on Monday at 3 a.m. on ICI Première.

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