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Saskatchewan government asks Ottawa for more control over immigration

Premier Scott Moe says he wants to have control in the areas of class categories and skills

December 4, 2019  The Canadian Press

REGINA—Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says he wants more provincial say over immigration.

Moe says he wants to have control in the areas of class categories and skills, so the province’s population can grow over the next decade.

He also says he’s seeking immigration powers like the ones that exist in Quebec, but isn’t providing specifics on what Saskatchewan would change.

He says his minister of trade and immigration has put the request forward to the federal government.

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Moe is also looking to Quebec as an example of how a province can collect its own taxes and says Saskatchewan is exploring a similar option.

The premier said he would be looking for ways to assert more provincial autonomy after he met recently with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa.

Opposition NDP Leader Ryan Meili says he’s concerned about Moe using Quebec an as example for immigration because of that province’s values test.

The test is to come into effect Jan. 1 and is to be administered to skilled workers, entrepreneurs and investors wanting to come to the province.