In an interview on 98.5 FM this morning, the Premier mentioned wanting to prioritize and encourage the arrival of immigrants that will take jobs that “pay well” rather than those interested in working in the tourism, restaurant or retail sales sectors. He even confirmed that those activity sectors will have difficulty recruiting workers.
The MNA representing Nelligan and Liberal Critic for SMEs and Innovation, Mr. Monsef Derraji, as well as the MNA representing Fabre and Liberal Critic for Employment, Social Solidarity and Seniors and Informal Caregivers, Ms. Monique Sauvé, both denounce the Premier’s statement.
In Quebec there are currently no less than 118,250 positions to be filled throughout all activity sectors. The workforce shortage is very real and represents Quebec’s most significant economic challenge.
François Legault is completely disconnected! Without a plan to take on Quebec’s biggest economic challenge, the Premier is asking entrepreneurs to just bide their time or close their businesses if they aren’t ready to offer higher salaries. The lack of workers particularly affects regions where the tourism and the restaurant industries are often the main economic drivers. The CAQ is turning its back on Quebec’s regions and its entrepreneurs.
–Monsef Derraji, MNA for Nelligan and Liberal Critic for SMEs and Innovation
The Premier continues to only seek $50,000 jobs for Quebec. With him, in addition to forgetting about the tourism industry, we also forget about the workforce shortage for beneficiary attendants, within the autonomous community action sector and in so many other areas. In short, he is forgetting about thousands of jobs at the heart of Quebec’s economy and at the heart of citizen services. Do the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Mr. Jean Boulet, and the Minister responsible for Seniors and Informal Caregivers, Ms. Marguerite Blais, agree with their Premier?
–Monique Sauvé, MNA representing Fabre and Liberal Critic for Employment, Social Solidarity, Seniors and Informal Caregivers