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Patrice Bergeron, The Canadian Press

QUEBEC — The Federation of Quebec Chambers of Commerce (FCCQ) is asking to “depoliticize” the issue of immigration and a clear definition of “accommodation capacity”.

She dissociates herself from the threshold of 80,000 new arrivals per year which had been launched by a group of business leaders of which she was a part last week. This exit had revived the controversy over immigration.

The president of the FCCQ, Charles Milliard, demands that we get out of the “war of numbers” on the “ideal threshold”, of the controversy that is going on on the number of immigrants that Quebec should welcome in the context of the labor shortage.

“It worries me that this is becoming an extremely emotional campaign topic, because immigration is always a polarizing topic,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Friday.

“It takes political impetus to depoliticize the debate,” he summed up.

However, last week, the FCCQ went out with other business leaders to demand more immigrants, that is to say 80,000 per year, even 90,000, that is to say 30,000 to 40,000 more than the official threshold of 50,000 set by the Legault government.

“We don’t know what the exact number is. I am not here to criticize the figure of my colleagues.

Mr. Milliard now wants us to first define what the reception capacity of Quebec is, for each region, with clear parameters, on the availability of public services, such as places in CPEs, family doctors , leisure facilities, public transport, etc.

“Each time we agree on a criterion, a variable evaluated to measure capacity, we reduce the political game, then we risk agreeing more and making it a subject that is less polarizing, he said. he argued. After that, there will always be political ideologies, and that’s okay. We are in a democracy.”

After this exercise of data collection and consultation, it would be possible to objectively calculate the reception capacity of Quebec, according to Mr. Milliard.

In addition, the FCCQ deplores that the public consultations which were to take place this summer on the multi-year planning of immigration thresholds have been postponed until next year by the Legault government, after the elections.

“Imagine the happiness of having an election campaign where we would not have this divisive subject in the legs,” he suggested.

According to recent data, there are no less than 240,000 positions to be filled throughout Quebec.