Wall at the border: Tory candidate surprised by his leader's remarks | Elections Quebec 2022
Olivier Dumais, mayor of Saint-Lambert-de-Lauzon, has entered the political scene provincial with Éric Duhaime's Conservatives.
The leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ), Éric Duhaime, reiterated his position that the construction of a wall at the United States border was an option to be considered to counter irregular crossings at Roxham Road, which surprised one of his own candidates.
Olivier Dumais, who is running in the riding of Beauce-Nord, says that this proposal from the leader was not discussed at the PCQ.
When we heard a wall, that's when people called out to me because across the party, we never heard that, he confided on Wednesday evening, on the sidelines of the conservative rally at the Cube bar in Sainte-Croix.
Called to react the day before to the Radio-Canada Enquête report which revealed that the federal government had already spent more than half a billion dollars on infrastructure to welcome migrants, Éric Duhaime claimed tough action was needed to close Roxham Road.
However, at the same time, the Conservative leader was questioned about his comments reported in a post on social media dating from 2017, when he was a radio host. He maintained that if illegal immigration continued, serious consideration should be given to building a wall between Canada and the United States.
Éric Duhaime replied on Tuesday that he maintained this position. We must close the tap, we must close the border one way or another, he hammered in front of journalists, judging that the idea of a wall was a way to get there, but [that] there are plenty of others.
When candidate Olivier Dumais is asked if he is in favor of building a wall, he answers no. But the federal government must solve the problem of irregular immigration, according to him.
There are companies that are shocked in Beauce. We hear that he's bringing in 40,000 illegal immigrants. The rest of us try to have one or two. It's costing us $7,000 or $10,000 a head. And it takes a year or two to get an immigrant. The federal government must put on its pants, he concludes.
Wednesday evening, before a hundred activists gathered in Sainte-Croix, in the riding of Lotbinière-Frontenac, Éric Duhaime delivered a vibrant plea for immigration, again attacking the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ).
We are a welcoming, warm people. We are a people who want to open our hearts and then our arms to the world. Unfortunately, the Legault government sends an image that "distorts" our reality and the beauty of the Quebec people right now, he said.
The Conservative leader returned to the controversial remarks of outgoing Immigration Minister Jean Boulet, who apologized after claiming that 80% of immigrants go to Montreal, don't work, speak French or don't adhere to the values of Quebec society.
Éric Duhaime added that he found it old-fashioned to see the other as a stranger or a threat. You have to see him as a contribution, as a neighbor, as a potential friend. Me, that's how I hope we will approach the issue of immigration.
The PCQ nevertheless agrees with certain positions of the CAQ on immigration, such as the idea of having newcomers pass a values test and that of not increasing the current thresholds.
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