Immigration would fuel political extremes, says PSPP
The leader of the Parti Québécois wants to lower the immigration thresholds and wants Roxham Road to be closed.
A sustainable immigration model will have to be adopted by Quebec in order to avoid political extremes like in Hungary, France or England, Parti Québécois leader Paul Saint-Pierre Plamondon said on Wednesday, as the party prepares. for a two-day meeting of the PQ caucus in preparation for their return to parliament.
PSPP criticizes in particular the current immigration thresholds and advocates a tougher approach to immigration. He suggests limiting the number of new arrivals to 35,000 each year, instead of the current threshold of 50,000. The PQ is also calling for the closure of Roxham Road, where more than 39,000 asylum seekers have been intercepted and where others have died trying to reach the other side of the border.
“If we include temporary immigration and the situation in Roxham which is on the rise, and if we take the current thresholds, we see the decline of French, the inability to house everyone and the inability to offer services. So we are looking for a model that is more sustainable, more reassuring, more guarantor of our social peace and the quality of services as well,” he says. He says he wants intelligent planning in this regard.
The PQ leader also states that 95% of irregular entries arrive through Quebec and adds that this subject must be treated in a legitimate manner and with a sense of responsibility for preserve “social peace and secure the population”. He calls on Prime Minister François Legault to assume his responsibilities and stop “hiding behind Ottawa” in terms of immigration.