Even if he admits to having work to do with the 87,282 applications for permanent residence pending in Quebec, the Canadian Minister of Immigration is scorching the Legault government, which has broken sugar on its back of Ottawa during the election campaign.
“There are many opportunities to improve the federal system. It is not a question. It's true, “recognized in an interview with Journalfederal Immigration Minister Sean Fraser last Wednesday.
During the interview, Justin—Trudeau's minister did not hesitate to throw the ball back into the court of “the province de Québec”.
According to Sean Fraser, the many arrows fired at Ottawa by the Legault government during the recent election campaign are nothing new under the sun.
“This is not the first time that people who work in politics have used very political issues in an election campaign,” he retorted in a French interview with Le Journal.
At a time when François Legault is raising his voice by even daring to mention the idea of a referendum to obtain more power in immigration, Ottawa retorts that 84% of applications for temporary foreign workers are waiting at the provincial level, not at the federal level.
In recent months, Le Journal has told the story of many immigration candidates exhausted by the bureaucratic rubber band that continues to stretch.
On its website, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) writes that the processing times for skilled workers in Quebec are two years and more than five years in the business category.
But these delays, already long, concern complete applications, which means that incomplete ones can take even longer, hence the growing irritation of candidates, consultants, lawyers and employers.
Strongly Criticized for having been slow to process applications from wealthy French-speaking investors in Quebec, Minister Sean Fraser reiterated the importance of having French-speaking immigration to the country.
“The responsibility to welcome people with language skills in Quebec are those of the province,” he insisted.
Quebec has the power
When asked what he plans to do in the immediate future to respond to Quebec's insistent demands, he brandishes the Canada-Quebec Accord, which already makes it possible to bring in more immigrants if needed.
< p>“If the province of Quebec wants to increase the number of people arriving and the time to process places, it is possible with the Canada-Quebec Accord now,” he says.
“If the new minister asks for more people for the next year, it's OK for me”, he concludes.
It is the former CEO of the East Montreal Chamber of Commerce, newly appointed Quebec Minister of Immigration, Christine Fréchette, close to François Legault, who will take the pilgrim's stick in his federal quest.
Residence applicationspermanent pending(Quebec)
Family reunification: 25,453
People protected: 19,221
Permit Holder Class: 7
Applications for permanent residenceprocessed(2019-2021)
< li dir="auto">Economic: 67,808
Family reunification: 37,950
People protected: 21,527
Permit holder class: 2
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
The 10 worstfederal entities forcomplaints (2021-2022)
Air Canada: 2673
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: 68
Public Health Agency of Canada: 67
Royal Canadian Mounted Police: 36
Elections Canada: 33
Border Services Agency from Canada: 29
Canada Post: 29
Canadian Air Transport Security Authority: 25
Canada Revenue Agency: 22
Employment and Social Development Canada: 19
Source: communications with the public and service delivery (Part IV of the Official Languages Act, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128