CAQ under fire for immigration reforms

Francois Legault

Quebec Premier Francois Legault has found himself and his governing Coalition Avenir Quebec under fire for their immigration reforms.

The widespread criticism stems from a reform that would have considerably reduced the number of foreign students eligible for a fast-track immigration program.

The heat forced the government to partially walk-back one reform, allowing foreign students already in the province to continue having access to the program.

But the new restrictive rules will go ahead as expected for future participants as the province attempts to address labour shortages by targeting specific fields where workers are needed.

Opposition parties have pointed to a lengthy list of economic organizations, junior colleges and universities that opposed the changes.

They also took advantage of a government misstep, passing a motion to rescind the immigration plan altogether while the CAQ didn't have enough members in the chamber.