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Montreal, January 9, 2014: Canadian Rights in Quebec (“CRITIQ”) calls on the Quebec government to address reports by the Canadian Institute of for Identities and Migration that the number of Quebecers departing for other provinces has reached unprecedented levels for this century.
Between January and September of 2013 nearly 30,000 people left Quebec for other provinces, taking with them their money, skills and talents. It is evident that this exodus coincides with the election of the Parti-Quebecois and its continued emphasis on divisive policies rather than strengthening the economy.
In the past, the provincial government has tried to counter migration by encouraging more international immigration. However, with the proposal of Bill 60 and last year’s fervent efforts by the OQLF it is doubtful that new immigrants will chose Quebec over other more economically minded provinces.
According to Jack Jedwab, the situation is a result of the declining economy and levels of migration coincide with recession indicators. We ask that our elected officials abandon divisive politics and redirect the conversation to attract foreign economic investment, stop brain-drain, and encourage local entrepreneurs and businesses.
Canadian Rights in Québec (“CRITIQ”) is a Québec-based organization dedicated to the protection in Québec of those rights and freedoms vested in all Canadian citizens by our nation’s constitution, as well as by those international conventions by which Canada is bound.
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