By: Steve Dellar | 10-02-2018 | News
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Canada - New Quebec PM Slams Trudeau On Immigration And NAFTA Agreement

As was to be expected, on the first day after Mr. Francois Legault’s populist CAQ won a majority in Quebec and ousted Liberal Mr. Philippe Couillard, the clashes with the Liberal Canadian Prime Minister Mr. Justin Trudeau started.

Asked about the new CAQ Quebec government’s stance on expelling immigrants if they fail a values test (one of the more rightwing proposals that seem to have gotten them a landslide victory), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he didn’t want to get into such details and simply wants to “work with Francois Legault and there are conversations to be had.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Quebec premier-designate François Legault says he&#39;s ready to invoke the notwithstanding clause to ban people in authority positions from wearing religious symbols, such as the hijab. <a href="https://t.co/DbuaTSRrMg">https://t.co/DbuaTSRrMg</a></p>&mdash; CBC News (@CBCNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCNews/status/1047199651294793729?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Canadian PM stated that he had called to congratulate Mr. Legault and hoped the two could cooperate for the sake of Quebec.

Related coverage: <a href="http://thegoldwater.com/news/38460-Canada-Populists-Trounce-Trudeau-s-Liberals-In-Stunning-Quebec-Election-Victory-Video"> Canada – Populists Trounce Trudeau’s Liberals In Stunning Quebec Election Victory (Video)</a>.

During his own victory speech, CAQ leader and new Quebec PM Mr. Francois Legault said he was dissatisfied with the concessions that Canada made in their new NAFTA deal (now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) and was adamant to have a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Ms. Chrystia Freeland about it as soon as possible.

Mr Legault, whose province houses many of the dairy farmers affected, said he would put the new trade pact and its impact on local farmers high on his to-do list.

Furthermore, the CAQ said it would cut the number of immigrants allowed into the province each year to 40,000 from 50,000, and force newcomers to learn French or face the risk of being expelled. It is unclear whether Mr. Trudeau will oppose him on this point as such legislation would need federal approval.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Legault campaign promises; <br><br>1) 10,000 fewer immigrants a year 2) expel new residents who fail tests on French and Quebec values within three years<br><br>LANDSLIDE VICTORY! Vas-y Quebec xx <a href="https://t.co/GGbeS04oU4">pic.twitter.com/GGbeS04oU4</a></p>&mdash; Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) <a href="https://twitter.com/KTHopkins/status/1047070419633750016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Market commentators meanwhile saw that Quebec now becomes the second major province in recent months to ditch the Liberal government of PM Trudeau after Mr. Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives had won the Ontario vote in June.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ICYMI: François Legault says he could use notwithstanding clause to ban Quebec civil servants from wearing religious symbols:<br><br>&quot;If we have to use the notwithstanding clause to apply what the majority of Quebecers want, we&#39;ll do so.&quot;<br><br>Full news conference: <a href="https://t.co/1qLEIK53Vh">https://t.co/1qLEIK53Vh</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZwOzFj9aHe">pic.twitter.com/ZwOzFj9aHe</a></p>&mdash; CPAC (@CPAC_TV) <a href="https://twitter.com/CPAC_TV/status/1047192659343814657?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 2, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Some fear that there is now a growing front of opposition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s vision of the country at the regional level. In essence, the last five regional liberal governments to face an electorate have meant four losses for Mr. Trudeau.

Source:

https://globalnews.ca/video/4509370/trudeau-says-conversations-to-be-had-over-quebec-stance-on-immigration

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