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Simon Jolin-Barrette: Province and Quebec Association

simon jolin-barrette: Simon Jolin-Barrette, immigration minister with the Coalition Avenir Quebec government, tabled Bill 9 on Feb. 7, according to CTV. The bill aims to allow the province to be more selective with immigrants, ensuring they speak French, respect Quebec values and meet labour market needs. The decision Monday by Justice Frederic Bachand forces the province to continue to render decisions on cases it wanted to throw out as it moved to overhaul the selection process for newcomers to the province. Lawyers representing the Quebec Association of Immigration Lawyers argued last Friday the minister had acted illegally by not following the laws currently in place. The 18,139 outstanding applications involve skilled workers' cases, which are managed by the province. They said the matter was clearly urgent and warranted an injunction. ( As reported in the news.