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The Parti Québécois will reassess its immigration thresholds

Jacques Boissinot The Canadian Press The leader of the PQ, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, seen here on November 29, acknowledged that the situation has changed significantly since the 2022 elections, during which the party announced that it wanted to reduce the thresholds to 35,000 permanent immigrants. per year.

Thomas Laberge – The Canadian Press to Alma

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As the housing crisis continues to grow, the Parti Québécois (PQ) will reevaluate its permanent immigration thresholds, currently set at 35,000 new arrivals per year.< /p>

The PQ leader, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, did not want to give details and refused to say whether the PQ was considering lowering its thresholds. “We are going to redo our calculations and when we have done our work properly, we will come back to you,” he indicated at a press briefing in Alma on Wednesday during his party’s pre-sessional caucus.

During the last election in 2022, the PQ announced that it wanted to reduce the thresholds to 35,000 permanent immigrants per year.

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Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon, however, recognized that the situation had changed a lot since then. “It’s true that during the election, not only was the housing crisis not acute and we didn’t have all the data, but the question of temporary immigration was almost peripheral. We were always talking about permanent immigration,” he said.

There are currently more than half a million temporary immigrants in Quebec.

“Several absolutely false things”

The PQ leader makes a direct link between the number of immigrants in Quebec and the housing crisis. He also intends to follow François Legault's government on the issue during the next parliamentary session, which begins in two weeks.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon accuses the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) of dragging its feet in the construction of new housing and of having lied to the Quebec population about immigration.< /p>

“It’s a lie that more immigration is a solution to the labor shortage. The last 30 years demonstrate this. “It’s a lie to say that immigration solves the housing crisis,” he said.

“Several absolutely false things were said and the people who spread these lies, including the CAQ, including [Immigration Minister] Christine Fréchette, must be responsible. We cannot say anything on important subjects and then wash our hands of problems as serious as homelessness,” added the PQ leader.

Charge against Ottawa

Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon also did not hold back his blows against the federal government, citing an article from The Canadian Press asserting that, according to internal documents, federal officials warned the Government of Canada two years ago , that large increases in immigration could affect housing affordability and services.

“Meanwhile, Mr. [Marc] Miller [the federal Minister of Immigration] goes out into the public square and says: “no, there is no problem. They [the immigrants] will build housing themselves.” “It’s a deliberate, knowing lie,” said the PQ leader.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently returned to the issue of immigration. He remains convinced that part of the solution to the housing crisis and the labor shortage in the construction sector lies in welcoming more immigrants.

Tuesday, before the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Justin Trudeau reaffirmed his intention to increase the annual number of immigrants to 500,000 while expressing his desire to regain control over immigration temporary, more specifically foreign students and temporary workers who, according to him, have more impact on the housing crisis.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116