Quebec has gone from “woke” mode (i.e. adherence/submission to the social justice warrior position) to wake-up mode.
And all it took was a major influx of largely unskilled, uneducated immigrants….
….just like President Trump is trying to wake us up to.
From an article at Agence France Presse (AFP), via yahoo.news.com:
The Quebec provincial legislature on Sunday approved a controversial immigration bill that will replace a first-come, first-served standard for accepting migrants with one tied to an applicants’ skills.
The law is similar to a proposed plan from US President Donald Trump that would shift his country’s visa system from family-based immigration towards bringing in more skilled workers.
The law will attempt to more closely match the skills offered by would-be immigrants with the needs of the labor market in Quebec, Canada’s second most-populous province.
Under the new law, some 18,000 applications now on file will be shredded, affecting as many as 50,000 people, many of whom already live in the province.
The 18,000 existing applicants will have to restart the immigration process.
Is this fair?
No, not completely. As a humanitarian country Canada, along with the United States, should be prepared to take in people who are in need, even if there are major cultural and educational barriers and they are not as prepared to quickly assimilate as we would like them to.
But is it any more fair, any more logical, to ignore the prospect of taking in immigrants with skills that can quickly be put to use? No, of course not.
It makes eminently good sense to seek out immigrants who bring something to the table – i.e. the country immediately gets something out of it as well.
So, to the extent that Quebec remembers there are no one-size-fits-all answers to the immigration question, I applaud the province’s waking up as it has…
…and wish President Trump could convince Democrats in congress to do at least a little of the same on this side of the border.