hour session: It passed 62 to 42, according to CTV. Opposition parties said the measure, which scraps immigration applications from 18,000 skilled workers and refunds their fees, forcing them to start over again, is extreme and undemocratic. Bill 9 was voted into law by the ruling Coalition Avenir Quebec party after a marathon 19-hour session in the National Assembly in the early hours of Sunday June 16. Including the applicants' families, the fates of some 50,000 people wishing to emigrate to Quebec are at stake. The legislation gives the province more authority over who receives permanent residency, which will involve a values test for would-be immigrants. The government's use of the legislative mechanism of closure, allowed it to end debate and use its majority to force a vote. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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