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The PQ will reassess its immigration thresholds

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PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, center, with his team during his party's pre-sessional caucus in Alma, January 17, 2024< /p>The Canadian Press

As the housing crisis continues to grow, the Parti Québécois (PQ) will reassess its thresholds x27;permanent immigration, currently set at 35,000 new arrivals per year.

PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon did not want to give details and refused to say whether the PQ was considering lowering its thresholds. We will redo our calculations, and when we have done our work properly, we will come back to you, he indicated at a press briefing in Alma, Wednesday, during his party's pre-sessional caucus.

During the last election in 2022, the PQ announced that it wanted to reduce the thresholds to 35,000 permanent immigrants per year.

Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon, however, recognized that the situation had changed a lot since then. It's true that during the election, not only was the housing crisis not acute and we didn't have all the data, but the question of temporary immigration was almost peripheral. We talked about permanent immigration all the time, he said.

There are currently more than half a million temporary immigrants in Quebec.

The PQ leader makes a direct link between the number of immigrants in Quebec and the housing crisis. He also intends to follow François Legault's government on the issue during the next parliamentary session which begins in two weeks.

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Paul St-Pierre Plamondon accuses the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) of dragging its feet in the construction of new homes and for lying to the Quebec population about immigration.

It's a lie that more immigration is a solution to the shortage œlabor; the last 30 years demonstrate this. It's a lie to say that immigration solves the housing crisis.

A quote from Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, leader of the Parti Québécois

Several absolutely false things were said and the people who spread these lies, including the CAQ, including [the Minister of Immigration] Christine Fréchette, must be responsible. We cannot say anything on important subjects and then wash our hands of problems as serious as homelessness, added the PQ leader.

Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon also did not hold back his blows against the federal government by citing an article from The Canadian Press asserting that, according to internal documents, federal officials warned the Government of Canada there two years, that large increases in immigration could affect housing affordability and services.

Meanwhile, [Federal Immigration Minister Marc] Miller goes out into the public square and says: "No, there is no problem. They [the immigrants] will build housing themselves. It's a deliberate, knowing lie, said the PQ leader.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently returned to the question of immigration. He remains convinced that part of the solution to the housing crisis and the labor shortage in the construction sector lies in welcoming more of immigrants.

Tuesday, before the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Justin Trudeau reaffirmed his intention to increase the annual number to 500,000 of immigrants while expressing his desire to regain control over temporary immigration, more specifically foreign students and temporary workers, who, according to him, have a greater impact on the immigration crisis. accommodation.

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