Quebec election: Comments linking immigration to violence continue to haunt Legault

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ROBERVAL, Que. — Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault is being accused of revealing his true feelings about newcomers by linking immigration to violence and extremism.

On Day 12 of the election campaign, Legault told reporters that he never meant to disparage immigrants when he said a day earlier that he wouldn't increase immigration because Quebecers don't like conflict, extremism or violence.

Speaking today in Roberval, Que., Legault said that immigration is a source of wealth for Quebec but that all countries have a challenge to integrate newcomers into a set of values.

But his clarification wasn't good enough for Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade, who told reporters today Legault revealed what's in the bottom of his heart regarding immigrants.

Anglade, a former member of the CAQ, says she left the party years ago because of its stance on immigration, adding that Legault hasn't evolved on the issue.

Québec solidaire spokesman Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois says Legault underestimates the impact those kinds of comments have on the daily lives of regular people.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 8, 2022.

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