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All PR would do is make sure that a majority of voters would have to support it in order for it to take power – a threshold Harper never achieved.
More health care cuts coming but Barrette reforms here to stay, new minister says
..moved to qs thread. sorry.
CAQ government looking to abandon $600M wind farm on Quebec's North Shore
The Quebec government wants out of the contentious Apuiat wind farm project and has tapped Hydro-Québec to come up with an exit strategy, Radio-Canada has learned.
The Apuiat project, first proposed in 2015, is to produce an estimated 200 megawatts annually from about 50 wind turbines on Quebec's North Shore, near the town of Port-Cartier.
Backed by the former Liberal government, the $600-million project was highly criticized by the CAQ's François Legault during the election campaign.
Société Apuiat, which represents the Innu stakeholders, and Boralex released a joint statement Tuesday, saying they were "disappointed to learn of the government's intention regarding our project" without having had a chance to present it to the new government.
The fact that that the government is now expressing its lack of support for the project without having spoken to the Innu promoters yet is unacceptable, said the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador, Ghislain Picard.
"The Innu Nation is the promoter of the project — for me, it's important that the promoter isn't left out of such an important decision," he said.
For Alain Thibault, the mayor of Port-Cartier, where many of those jobs would land, the CAQ's haste to pull the plug on the project comes as a surprise, after what he thought was a promising meeting with Julien last week.
"He really seemed interested in the project. He was asking a lot of questions on why we needed this in Port-Cartier," said Thibault.
He said if Apuiat is dropped, the CAQ will have a hard time promoting any new ventures in the region.
"Every time he will want to break ground in Nitassinan [the Innu territory], he will have to sit down with them."
"The Innu are no longer in a mindset of just receiving annuity from the government," said Société Apuiat in its statement. "On the contrary, Innu want to implement their own investment projects, to build something that is sustainable and renewable, to develop expertise and pride."
One of the premier's main arguments against the project during the election campaign was the Hydro-Québec president and CEO Éric Martel's lack of support for the wind farm, made public in a letter last August.
The Apuiat project would cost the Crown corporation $1.5 to $2 billion over 25 years, Martel said in that letter.
Boralex and Société Apuiat challenge that analysis in their statement, claiming that by the time the wind farm would be up and running in 2022, "the margin of manoeuvre Quebec has in its energy supply will be running out."
50,000-strong climate march in Montreal targets Legault government
Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the streets of downtown Montreal on Saturday with hope, desperation and urgency, calling on elected leaders to act now to stop climate change — or they will be held responsible.
Desperation because despite all the previous marches and calls on government to act, the planet is still heading toward catastrophe.
Urgency because the latest United Nations report on climate change released in October says it’s not vague “future generations,” but today’s pre-teens that will feel the heat and effect as adults.
Hope because, well, without hope, what is there?
“We’re calling on all politicians to bring our voices to Parliament,” said Dominic Champagne, a theatre director, author and leader of the movement the Planet goes to Parliament, which organized the march, as he addressed the crowd....
“If you do, you will have these tens of thousands of people supporting you. … But if you don’t, they will not be duped.”
Thousands of people took part in a march for the planet at Place des Festivals in Montreal on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Supporters want Premier François Legault to step up the province's efforts to fight climate change.
Demand for action on climate change shatters Scheer’s hopes in Quebec
Tens of thousands of Quebecers took to the streets this weekend to call for more decisive action on climate change. In Montreal alone, 50,000 took part in the demonstration.
In the short space of a week, more than 150,000 signed a pledge that commits them to reduce their carbon footprints but also demands more proactive leadership on the issue from governments.
Those numbers provide an answer of sorts to those who wondered whether Quebec’s culture of political mobilization had waned along with the sovereignty movement.
Some of the activism and the passion that for so many decades attended the debate over the province’s political future has shifted to the environmental front.
That shift is not happening in a vacuum.
It is already impacting the priorities of the rookie Coalition Avenir Québec government. And it could cost Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives any hope of gains in Canada’s second-largest province in next fall’s federal election.
In Quebec, the anti-carbon pricing platform Scheer has been spending the fall shoring up is dead on arrival both in the National Assembly and on the ground.
As for his commitment to the Energy East pipeline — a project designed to transport oil from the Prairies through Ontario and Quebec to the Atlantic Coast — it amounts to a target on the back of his candidates as well as an incentive for Quebec’s premier to keep at a safe distance from the federal Conservatives....