François Legault’s remarks on immigration: “I am a threat?”

MONTREAL – François Legault’s remarks on immigration resonated strongly in the family of Liberal MP of Haitian origin Frantz Benjamin.

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His 18-year-old daughter called him out after the outgoing prime minister linked immigration to violence just over a week ago.

“She said to me: ‘What is this statement by François Legault, dad? What does that mean? Me, am I a threat? Me, I am violent?” reported the MP for Viau on Saturday evening.

Located in the Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension borough, the electoral division of Viau is highly multi-ethnic.


François Legault's remarks on immigration:

Patrick Bellerose / Journal de Quebec

“A school board like the Center de services scolaire de Montréal, look at the demographic portrait of this school service center, which is the largest in Quebec. This is the Quebec of today. It’s not the Quebec of tomorrow, that,” says Mr. Benjamin.

The MP invites the outgoing Prime Minister to show more “responsibility” in his speeches. “You can’t play with young people’s sense of belonging to their society,” he says.

His daughter, he laments, felt rejected after hearing the Prime Minister’s remarks.

Frantz Benjamin received the liberal leader, Dominique Anglade, on Saturday at the end of the day, in his electoral office, where the atmosphere was festive. There were supporters mostly of Haitian origin, but also supporters of the Italian and Spanish-speaking communities.

“You are not a threat to Quebec,” he said to the applause of the small crowd.

The veil, a choice

A little earlier, during a separate event in the riding of Anjou–Louis-Riel, a veiled woman came to challenge Dominique Anglade about the Secularism Act.

The Liberal leader reiterated her intention to withdraw the notwithstanding clause so that the law can be challenged in court, in addition to allowing teachers to wear religious symbols. Law 21 would, however, continue to apply to police officers, judges, prosecutors and prison guards.


François Legault's remarks on immigration:

Patrick Bellerose / Journal de Quebec

These promises did not satisfy the young woman, who instead wants a complete withdrawal of the bans. “Law 21, when it passed, was an act of extreme racism. Women are forced to remove something. They are forced not to work because they wear the veil,” said the lady, who declined to be named, in an interview.

“Whether [je suis] competent, why can’t I work? How will my veil interfere with me?” asks one who works in the federal public service, where Bill 21 does not apply.

“My veil is part of my identity,” she pleads.

Despite everything, she intends to vote for the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) since she does not find herself in the other parties.

Moreover, a North African teenager he met a few minutes earlier explained his affection for the PLQ as follows: “It’s the only party that comes to see us!” he launched.

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