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Quebec, Nov 9 (Canadian-Media): Quebec premier Francois Legault suspended the proposed changes his immigration minister made to a popular fast-track immigration program for foreign students and workers, after criticism from across the province, including from the business and university sectors, media reports said.
Francois Legault. Image credit: Twitter handle
At the beginning of the week, hundreds of foreign students and workers learned they could have found themselves forced to leave Quebec after Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette tightened the rules.
The decision of including in the new program only specific university and technical junior college programs in industries received severe criticism from across the province.
After affected students' pleas at the legislature, and being criticized by the influential members of the business and university sectors, Legault pointed to the positive reviews his government's plan received on his Facebook page as justification for the changes. But he was scorned at on social media for the comment.
On Friday night Government of Quebec announced the temporary suspension of modifications to the Quebec Experience Program.
Barrette said he would collaborate with stakeholders to come up other proposals