Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism has totally twisted the meaning of the letter from the Government of Quebec. In the letter, the Quebec government condemned the fact that the cost of last resort assistance offered by Quebec has doubled since 2006-07. In fact, the Government of Quebec has to help more refugees for a longer period of time because the federal system is inadequate.
As a result, Quebec is doubly penalized. Fewer tourists are coming to visit and supporting refugees costs more.
Will the minister admit that the Government of Quebec never demanded that visas be imposed, contrary to what he said yesterday?