Politicians in Quebec don't want any more English-speakers to immigrate into the province.
That is, at least, the sentiment put forward by Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Liséee yesterday.
In reaction to the latest Statistics Canada census data, which showed that more English-speakers were popping up across Quebec, even in remote areas, Lisée said that stricter policies need to be put in place to ensure Anglophones don’t flood into the province.
If the PQ wins the upcoming 2018 election, then the party plans to create more intense language laws that would promote French while discouraging the use of English.
The PQ will “make sure all new immigrants will have to show knowledge of French before they can come to Quebec” Lisée said yesterday.
Refugees and asylum-seekers will be an exception, fortunately, with Lisée saying they can come to Quebec and learn French once they’re living in the province.
It’s somewhat understandable the PQ is making such strong statements about immigration and Anglophones in Quebec. The StatsCan data suggests English-speakers are slowly taking over predominantly French-speaking areas.
The thing is, the census data collected by Statistics Canada is probably wrong.
According to StatsCan, the amount of Anglophones in small Quebec cities (like Saguenay) more than doubled from 2011 and 2016. The data sounds a bit off, and critics are already calling for a reevaluation of the census.
An official at the Association for Canadian Studies said the census “defies logical” when speaking to CBC.
Others call the increase-of-Anglophones in remote areas of Quebec straight-up “impossible.”
So the PQ's move to block incoming English-speakers (if they get elected, that is) may be unjustified, because the amount of Anglophones in Quebec probably didn't increase as much as the political party thinks.