The Canadian Politician (Toronto) – Opposition is growing to the recent proposal by the Coalition Avenir Québec government to cancel 18,000 applications from skilled workers who are applying for the privilege to be in Canada permanently. The cancellation was prompted by the need to clear backlog and revamp the program to include requirements such as fluency in French and knowledge of Quebec values.
Despite the freezing weather, dozens took to the streets in Montreal, Quebec’s largest city, to protest the proposed cancellation. Opponents of the proposal have indicated that it unfairly disadvantages would-be immigrants who must reapply under the new rule. To be successful, they must also take lessons or classes in French as well as have vast knowledge of Quebec’s values. A lawsuit has already been launched in Superior Court by a group of immigration lawyers to challenge the proposal.