Dominic LeBlanc, in an interview with Daniel Thibeault on the show “Les glaces du verre”
Regarding international students, Immigration Minister Marc Miller said this week he was considering reducing the number of foreign students admitted to certain provinces. British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia would mainly be targeted, in order to take into account the pressures on the residential environment. Minister Miller admitted that the temporary immigration system linked to international students was out of control.
The Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs indicates that housing represents one pressure among many others, in response to the comments of Pierre Poilievre who – if elected – wishes to link the level of immigration to data from new housing constructions. Dominic LeBlanc wanted to emphasize that on the housing front, the Trudeau government hopes to take some pressure off, but admits that it will have to do more.
One of the possible solutions that Ottawa is seriously considering to manage the influx of asylum seekers is to reintroduce a visa for Mexican passport holders. This requirement was lifted by the Canadian government in 2016.
It's time to look at this question. […] We will work with the government of Mexico, but I know that my colleague, Minister Miller, is precisely reviewing this question, indicates Minister LeBlanc.
The Legault government, like the Biden administration last spring, is calling for the return of a visa system for Mexican travelers. According to IRCC data compiled by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration and obtained by Radio-Canada, Mexican passport holders are over-represented among asylum seekers. In 2023, Mexico was in first place among the countries of origin of applicants.
In Quebec, 17,490 Mexicans applied for immigration. asylum in the province between January and September 2023 (New window), compared to 7,483 in 2022.
As Minister of Public Safety, I obviously work with Canada's border services and the RCMP to ensure that we have supervision in terms of border security. […] We recognize the importance of ensuring that it does not become a side door to return.
A quote from Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and of Intergovernmental Affairs
In November 2023, the Radio-Canada show Enquête revealed the existence of smuggling networks and manufacturers of false passports linked to Mexican criminal organizations, organizations increasingly involved in human trafficking on the border between Canada and the United States.
The show Les coulisses du politique will be broadcast on Sunday at 11 a.m., on Ici RDI and ICI Télé.