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Live – Quebec election: 80% of immigrants ‘don’t work, don’t speak French or don’t adhere to Quebec values,’ CAQ minister says

Accepting more than 50,000 immigrants annually would be “a bit suicidal” for Quebec, François Legault says.

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Updated throughout the day on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Questions/comments: ariga@postmedia.com

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  • Quebecers are less than impressed with all party leaders, poll suggests
  • Accepting more than 50,000 immigrants annually would be ‘a bit suicidal’ for Quebec, Legault says
  • 80% of immigrants ‘don’t work, don’t speak French or don’t adhere to Quebec values,’ CAQ minister says
  • PQ candidate ‘retracts certain comments’ after report on her anti-Islam statements
  • CAQ could win fewer votes but 15 more seats than in massive 2018 victory, projections suggest
  • Canadian Party’s main target in ad campaign is the Quebec Liberal Party
  • CAQ worker highlights ‘misogynist and violent’ lyrics in TikTok video featuring Nadeau-Dubois and Massé
  • Anglade’s daughter wasn’t too impressed with mom’s ’embarrassing’ dance on debate night
  • Paul St-Pierre Plamondon loyal to sovereignty, come what may for PQ
  • Opinion: In Quebec, transportation and the environment go hand in hand
  • What are the five major parties taking part in Quebec’s provincial election?
  • Election Guide: What you need to know about the campaign and voting
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10:55 a.m.

Quebecers are less than impressed with all party leaders, poll suggests

Coalition Avenir Québec Leader Francois Legault, the perceived frontrunner in the Quebec election campaign, is viewed unfavourably by more than half of province’s electorate, a new survey suggests.

Read our full story.


10:50 a.m.

Accepting more than 50,000 immigrants annually would be ‘a bit suicidal’ for Quebec, François Legault says

François Legault says he ‘very much regrets’ Jean Boulet’s comment on immigrants

“Jean made a grave error – it’s not true what he said,” Legault told reporters at a press conference after a speech to the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.

Legault said he “very much regrets” the comments (see item below, timestamped 9:35 a.m.)

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The Coalition Avenir Québec leader said Boulet, a CAQ candidate and currently the immigration minister, knows what he said was false.

Legault said Boulet made the statement “in the heat of the action” during a debate but that doesn’t justify what he said.

A reporter asked Legault if he stands by a statement about immigration that he himself made in his speech this morning.

He said that accepting more than 50,000 immigrants would be “suicidal” for “the Quebec nation.”

“It’s an expression in Quebec to say that if we increase the number of immigrants while French is in decline, it would be a bit suicidal for French,” Legault said in response.

“I think everyone understands what that means. We have to stop the decline (in French). It’s not by increasing immigration that we’ll stop the decline of French.”

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You can watch Legault’s speech to the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal:

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9:35 a.m.

80% of immigrants ‘don’t work, don’t speak French or don’t adhere to Quebec values,’ CAQ minister says

The vast majority of immigrants to Quebec don’t work, don’t speak French or don’t adhere to Quebec values, an outgoing Coalition Avenir Québec minister says.

Jean Boulet, an incumbent CAQ MNA who currently holds the immigration and labour portfolios in François Legault’s government, made the statement at a radio debate for candidates in Trois-Rivières riding last week that was not widely reported.

The candidates were asked about immigration and the labour shortage.

“Eighty per cent of immigrants go to Montreal, do not work, do not speak French or do not adhere to the values of Quebec society,” Boulet said.

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He said the solution is “regionalization and francization,” meaning more immigrants should settle in Quebec regions and the province has to ensure immigrants speak French.

After the comments were reported this morning, Boulet took to Twitter.

“I’m sorry for expressing my thoughts badly,” he tweeted. “The excerpt broadcast does not reflect what I think. We must continue to focus on the reception, francization and integration of immigrants, who are a source of wealth for Quebec. ”

It’s not the first time Boulet has stirred controversy with a statement about immigration.

In a December 2021 tweet, Boulet implied asylum seekers were bringing COVID-19 into the province.

At the time, he was worried about the arrival of refugees via Roxham Road in the midst of a pandemic and asked the federal government to close this route of entry into the country.

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Boulet made his latest comment about immigrants in the video below, around the 1:33 mark:

Émission spéciale : débat électoral

Revoyez le débat électoral sur Facebook avec les candidats des cinq principaux partis de Trois-Rivières animé par Marie-Claude Julien lors de l’émission Toujours le matin. Vous pourrez aussi le suivre sur notre site internet radio-canada.ca/mauricie ainsi qu’à la radio au 96.5 FM et en Haute-Mauricie au 103,7 FM.

Posted by ICI Mauricie Centre-du-Québec on Monday, September 19, 2022

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9:20 a.m.

PQ candidate ‘retracts certain comments’ after report on her anti-Islam statements

In the wake of a Le Devoir report on her previous anti-Islam statements, Lyne Jubinville, the Parti Québécois candidate in Laval’s Ste-Rose riding, has published a Facebook statement to “clarify and retract certain comments.”

Le Devoir reported yesterday on several comments Jubinville has made over the years regarding hijabs and Islam.

“Islam is not us: we have nothing to do with it, we don’t know that!!!” she wrote on one occasion. Another time, she said she was offended to see “the hijabs invading more and more our public landscape”.

At one point, she wrote about “veiled women” on Ste-Catherine St. in Montreal: “Welcome home, people from other countries. But don’t count on us to build you mosques and let your muezzins announce the call to prayer in the middle of the street when our churches are for sale and our bells are increasingly silent.”

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In her Facebook post after the Le Devoir story was published, Jubinville said: “I fully recognize the right of new Quebecers and of all Quebecers to believe in God and to go to the places of worship of their choice according to their religion. Although I am very critical of the effect of religions on women’s rights, I recognize that everyone in Quebec is entitled to their beliefs and therefore has the right to practice their religion.”

She added: “I also want to make it clear that my critical comments about religions apply to all religions and not one in particular. My critical mind is aimed at religious fundamentalism and not at one religion in particular. I recognize and have often affirmed that religious fundamentalism is found in all monotheistic religions. As I have published on several occasions, I believe that secularism and a healthy reserve regarding religion in the public space preserve the right of each religion to exist in social peace and tranquillity.”

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8:45 a.m.

CAQ could win fewer votes but 15 more seats than it did in massive 2018 victory, projections suggest

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8:45 a.m.

Canadian Party’s main target in ad campaign is the Quebec Liberal Party

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8:45 a.m.

CAQ worker highlights ‘misogynist and violent’ lyrics in TikTok video featuring Nadeau-Dubois and Massé

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8:45 a.m.

Anglade’s daughter wasn’t too impressed with mom’s ’embarrassing’ dance on debate night

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8:40 a.m.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon loyal to sovereignty, come what may for PQ

At the forefront of the Parti Québécois charge toward independence is Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, also known as PSPP, a youthful 45-year-old former lawyer who has promised since he was named leader in October 2020 the party’s focus would be on its foundational raison d’être.

Read our full profile, by René Bruemmer.

PQ Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon profile
Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, centre, speaks with Albert Michaud during his morning stop at restaurant in Mascouche on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Photo by Pierre Obendrauf /Montreal Gazette

8:40 a.m.

Opinion: In Quebec, transportation and the environment go hand in hand

François Legault may accuse Montrealers of interfering and “looking down on” the concerns of commuters from Lévis in questioning the need for a new multi-billion span. But the third link is a matter that affects all Quebecers. Whether it gets built and the form it takes may determine Quebec’s ability to reach even the most modest emissions reduction targets by 2030.

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Read Allison Hanes’ full column.


8:30 a.m.

What are the five major parties taking part in Quebec’s provincial election?

Here’s a look at the five parties vying to form Quebec’s next government.

Read our full story.


8:30 a.m.

Election Guide: What you need to know about the campaign and voting

How do you check if you’re on the electoral list? Are you allowed to vote? When can ballots be cast?

Read our full story.


8:30 a.m.

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