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Legault in hot seat after incorrectly answering question on immigration

CAQ leader Francois Legault speaks with members of the public during a campaign stop in Coteau-du-Lac, Que., Sunday, September 16, 2018.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
September 16, 2018 - 8:00 PM

MONTREAL - The leader of the Coalition Avenir Quebec is admitting he had to brush up on Canada's immigration system after incorrectly answering a question on the subject.

Francois Legault drew criticism on Saturday after making a mistake on how long a permanent resident had to wait before applying for citizenship.

Legault admitted today that he wouldn't have been a very good game show contestant, and that he should have researched the question instead of answering.

However, he made another mistake when he said Canada's test for new immigrants comes when they apply for permanent residency, rather than citizenship.

Legault's party is proposing to reduce immigration by 20 per cent and require new arrivals to pass a French and values test within three years of arriving as a condition of staying in the province.

The two other party leaders piled on Legault for his mistakes, with Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee suggesting Legault should be disqualified from being elected premier since he doesn't know his files.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2018
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