Quebec seeks $1 billion in compensation from Ottawa for its “inaction” towards asylum seekers

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The government of Quebec is exerting further pressure on Ottawa to take action to lessen the strain that an influx of asylum seekers is placing on its services.

At a press conference today, three provincial ministers demanded that the federal government cease accepting new immigrants into Quebec and relocate those who were already there more fairly around the nation.

Less than a quarter of Canadians live in Quebec, where they claim to receive 55% of all asylum claimants.

The ministers are also requesting that Ottawa pay the province back in full for the $1 billion that the government claims it has spent on resettling asylum seekers over the last three years.

The press conference today comes in response to a number of public grievances raised by Quebec on the refugee crisis. The ministers claim that the $150 million that Ottawa has already committed to helping the province accommodate asylum seekers is far short of what is needed.
A “breaking point” in the educational system is being approached, according to Education Minister Bernard Drainville, who was speaking to reporters about the influx of new students who must learn French and attend school.

Christine Fréchette, the minister of immigration for Quebec, charges Ottawa of “inaction” and implies that there isn’t a feeling of urgency among federal authorities to address the matter.


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