ADQ Urges Reducing Immigration

ADQ urges reducing immigration

Marianne White
The National Post
Canwest News Service with files from The Gazette
Published: Thursday, March 13, 2008

QUEBEC – The Opposition Action democratique du Quebec wants the provincial government to cut down on immigration in light of a study suggesting French is becoming the minority language in Montreal. Instead the ADQ wants Quebecers to have more children and is ready to create its own bucks-for-babies program.

The party unveiled plans yesterday for an ambitious family policy aimed at increasing the birth rate to two children per family from 1.6. The proposed measures include a $5,000 bonus given to mothers for their third child.

It also tabled a motion urging the Charest government to review its decision to accept 10,000 more immigrants this year, saying the newcomers are not well-integrated into Quebec society.

“We recruit them abroad, sell them the American Dream and tell them they will easily find a job here. But when they get here, the reality hits them in the face,” said Catherine Morissette, immigration critic for the Action democratique du Quebec.

Quebec, like the rest of Canada, depends on immigration for population growth.