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In a letter sent Tuesday morning to other party leaders and to the minister responsible for Canadian Relations, Jean-François Roberge, PQ leader Paul St- Pierre Plamondon notes that Quebec is “at an impasse” regarding the repatriation to Quebec of full immigration powers and the increase in health transfers. (Archive photo)

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The leader of the Parti Québécois (PQ) Paul St-Pierre Plamondon proposes the formation of a united front of the five main political parties in Quebec to demand ;one and the same voice the repatriation of all federal powers in immigration as well as a lasting increase in health transfers.

A letter to this effect was sent Tuesday morning to the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), Québec Solidaire (QS) and the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ).

The PQ initiative echoes two demands on which there is consensus among the five main political parties in Quebec… with one exception: the PLQ, which demands more powers in immigration, does not claim full powers in this area.

The idea of ​​sending a delegation from all Quebec parties to bring this demand to Ottawa was first put forward by the PCQ during the last electoral campaign. Since then, the CAQ has taken certain steps in the hope of repatriating these powers, but in vain.

Last Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejected François Legault's request, who subsequently declared that he was examining all options at his disposal to quickly reduce the number of asylum seekers and temporary foreign workers on the territory of Quebec.

The increase in federal health transfers, on the other hand, is demanded by the five main Quebec political parties.< /p>LoadingFuneral for Brian Mulroney in Ottawa

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QS, in particular, proposed to carry out a transpartisan visit to Ottawa to demand the payment of the sums already promised by the federal government – ​​$900 million per year over 10 years –, but also compensation for the regime dental care and drug insurance which the federal government is working on.

A letter to this effect was sent on March 4 by the MP solidarity Vincent Marissal with the CAQ, the PLQ and the PQ, but not with the PCQ, absent from the National Assembly even if he collected nearly 13% of the votes in the 2022 general elections.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, in his letter on Tuesday, asks the other parties to bring together all of these initiatives and suggests that they go to the Canadian parliament as soon as possible in order to reiterate these two urgent and important for Quebec.

Even if the PQ's solution to this structural and perpetual problem is well known, and we reiterate that Quebec should not have to beg for what is rightfully itss, that does not prevent us from doing everything in our power to restore a minimum balance of power with Ottawa, he writes.

The PQ leader also suggests requesting meetings with party leaders in Ottawa in order to that they hear and understand Quebec's requests in these matters. He also offered to extend the invitation to his Bloc ally Yves-François Blanchet.

The situation is particularly urgent in the case of the increase in health transfers, argues Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon, Ottawa having set March 31 as the deadline to reach an agreement with Quebec, the only province not yet formally accepted the offer made by the federal government in February 2023.

Prime Minister Trudeau then proposed to the provinces an increase of $46.2 billion over 10 years, including $9 billion for Quebec, which requested an amount six times larger.

First to respond to Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon, the leader of the PCQ, Éric Duhaime, declared Tuesday on X that he was very happy that his PQ counterpart supported the conservative proposal to send the five leaders of the five main parties of Quebec on mission to Ottawa, to demand more powers in matters of immigration.

Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon and the other leaders can count on the collaboration of the Conservative Party of Quebec in order to act in a non-partisan manner, in the best interests of Quebec, he assured, adding that Quebec, for example, could no longer accommodate half of the asylum seekers in Canada.

There is an urgent need to act together, argued Mr. Duhaime.< /p>

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