Quebec maintains the hard line to adopt its law on immigration

Québec maintient la ligne dure pour adopter sa loi sur l'immigration

Photo: Jacques Boissinot The canadian Press
The minister of Immigration, Simon Jolin-Barrette, has reiterated its determination to keep its foot on the accelerator.

Despite the headwinds, Quebec maintains the hard-line view of adopting as soon as possible its reform of the immigrant selection, contained in the draft law 9.

It is not a matter for the government to postpone the adoption of the controversial draft law, still less to commit to treat all of the 18 000 backlog of some 50,000 immigration candidates.

The important, in the eyes of the government, is to meet the needs of workforce employers by implementing at the earliest the new rules for the selection of candidates, commented on the prime minister, François Legault, in a media scrum Tuesday.

“Treat 18 000 files, it is at least a year, a period much too long “, he commented, advocating the need to place the bill on the express way.

“There is an urgency to act quickly. There is an urgent need to put aside the old system, ” he added, without commenting on the fate of the thousands of applicants for immigration to set aside.

The government Legault is going to change the rules of the game, so as to select future immigrants based solely on the needs of the workforce, in the framework of the new program Arrima. This is why he refuses to deal with the thousands of cases filed according to the previous rules, rather based on the principle of first-come, first-served basis.

In a press briefing Tuesday morning, on the sidelines of the parliamentary committee that is studying bill 9, the minister of Immigration, Simon Jolin-Barrette, has reiterated its determination to keep its foot on the accelerator, despite the warning shot rifle the day before by the superior Court.

“We must move quickly to adopt the bill 9 “, he said.

The judge Frédéric Bachand has issued on Monday a provisional order, valid for 10 days, forcing the ministry of Immigration of Quebec to process applications of candidates for immigration, and to make decisions according to the rules in force, a process suspended by the minister at the time of filing his bill, on the 7th of February. The judge held that these claimants were currently in a serious and irreparable harm.

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Quebec forced to process the 18 000 records of immigrants

When the quebec Association of lawyers and lawyers in immigration law (québec immigration lawyers association) had filed its injunction request, the minister had called the move ” preposterous “.

Forced by the court, the government will therefore have to comply with the injunction, but without more and without deviating from its path.

No question, therefore, to increase the number of officials in charge of analysing the files submitted by applicants with immigration, sometimes there are several years, to eliminate the waiting list. “This will be the same resources that will be allocated to the processing of files under the current grid, he sliced.

Impossible, therefore, to know what proportion of the records at issue may be processed before the cut, and legislative grave.

“I can’t tell you how many records will be processed exactly “, before the adoption of the bill, admitted the minister on Tuesday.

Once the law is passed, the minister will have the power — and the will — to cancel the thousands of records still waiting, unless other legal remedies come in the meantime put sticks in the wheels of the government machine. We already know that the québec immigration lawyers association will return to the charge for claim to extend the injunction.

Save the 18 000 records

The spokesperson of the québec immigration lawyers association, Mr. Guillaume Cliche-Rivard, was present to a parliamentary committee on Tuesday, to try to persuade the minister to back down and to delete article 20 of the draft law, which cancels a line, the 18 000 cases pending.

During a media scrum, he argued that it was necessary to implement to try to process all the files in the queue, without exception. It is estimated that 18 000 records aim in fact, about 50 000 people who hope to settle in Québec, of which a few thousands are already present in Quebec under government programs temporary.

“We are going to try to fight to try to save them all,” said Me-Cliche-Rivard, apparently ready to return ” to court in 10 days “.

In the meantime, “we hope that there is a little more listening” and openness on the part of the minister Jolin-Barrette, said the lawyer, adding that he was “really here to extend a hand” to the government.

The government Legault is resolved to adopt the draft law on immigration and the one (which is still not deposited) on the signs of the religious and the secular nature of the State before the adjournment of parliamentary proceedings in mid-June.

By then, we will have four weeks of break parliamentary, which will present a challenge to go through all the stages of these two projects of law major.

Listen to the exchange between Guillaume Cliche-Rivard, and Simon Jolin-Barrette

The liberal opposition has continued to hammer that the government should cease to “be stubborn” and commit instead to process all the files in the queue.

A parliamentary committee, the canadian Federation of independent business (CFIB) argued that the government should not focus only on skilled workers. The vice-president of the organization, Martine Hébert, has requested that the minister is open to less-skilled workers.

For his part, the president of the Fédération des Chambres de commerce du Québec, Stéphane Forget, expressed concern about the decrease of the active population. He pleaded for a revision of the selection grid to better meet the needs of employers. He also asked the government to give priority to applicants already installed in Quebec.

About the new selection grid, it is shown ” looking forward as it starts “, saying want employers to be more involved in the selection of prospective immigrants.


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