The Public Security and Immigration Ministers of Quebec announced the province's Syrian refugee plan today during a special news conference, with the exact figures and amount of refugees to be brought into the province unveiled, reports CBC.
By the close of 2016, Quebec plans to receive 3,650 Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and will welcome an additional 3,650 in 2016.
In total, the province of Quebec will be resettling 7, 300 by 2017.
Quebec plans to spend $29 million in 2015 for the first phase of the province's refugee plan, with funds going towards "resettling and integrating the refugees" to quote CBC.
What the entire 2015-17 cost will be has yet to be revealed, though Quebec will be financially supported by Ottawa next year.
Montreal is set to be the city to welcome the largest amount of refugees in Quebec, with Denis Coderre stating he isn't worried about a population-overload. In Coderre's words ""We are used to that. We have a great Syrian and Iraqi community. We have great generous people."
On a nation-wide level, the federal government plans to resettle a total of 25, 000 Syrian refugees, as already promised. However, only 10, 000 will enter Canada by the end of the year, with the remaining 15, 000 to be settled by March 2016.
It's important to note that in Quebec's plan, the "most vulnerable" will be helped first, and there will be no standing mandate to exclude single male refugees, as is the case with the federal initiative.
No further screening of refugees will be carried out by Quebec, as the provincial government is reportedly "satisfied with federal screening measures to ensure security."
While there's a myriad of possible reasons as to why Trudeau is ahead in the province, his handling of the pandemic could be the biggest. Among the Quebecers polled, 46% believed that health care is the most pressing issue in the upcoming election and 53% said the current prime minister "has performed well on pandemic management."
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"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.