Quebec Defies Trudeau, Plans to Slash Immigration in 2019
“Despite a mild rap on the knuckles from Ottawa, Quebec is steaming ahead with its plan to reduce its immigration numbers by about 20 per cent in 2019,” the report said.
Ottawa, Ontario, is Canada’s capital city. Progressive Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been adamant about importing migrants from around the world, but it seems like Quebec beginning to buck the trend.
“Quebec will reduce the total number of new arrivals by more than 10,000 a year — from 53,300 in 2018 to between 38,000 and 42,000 in 2019,” the report said.
The province is making a unilateral move without asking for permission from Trudeau. According to the report, there are no meetings or consultations planned.
“The plan arrives even though Quebec and Ottawa have yet to reach an agreement on how it will work. Quebec controls only part of the total number of new arrivals — that is, economic immigrants who seek employment or want to invest here,” the report said.
“But instead of setting the scene for a federal-provincial confrontation, the federal intergovernmental affairs minister Dominic LeBlanc went to pains to say he wants to avoid a confrontation with Quebec’s new Coalition Avenir Québec government,” it continued.
In short, Quebec appears to be defying Trudeau, and Trudeau appears to be backing away from a confrontation.
Canada has settled approximately 200,000 immigrants and migrants per year for the last decade. Trudeau has been critical of the United States’ immigration policy under President Donald J. Trump, despite the fact that a Yale study found that there are likely upwards of 22 million illegal aliens in the United States, meaning that they have been entering at a pace of about one million per year since the 2006 census, which estimated that there were 11 million illegal aliens residing in the country.