On September 4, 2012 the Parti Québécois was
elected into a minority government and Pauline Marois became
Quebec's first ever female Premier. The PQ won office with less
than 32% of the vote so time will tell how effective they will be
at implementing the many changes on their electoral and party
programs. However the cabinet selected by dame de béton or
"Lady Concrete" indicates that she may have some green
Martine Ouellet - Minister of Natural
Daniel Breton - Minister of Sustainable
Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks (resigned on November
29, 2012 - remains as a MP. M. Yves-Francois Blanchet was named in
his place on Dec 4, 2012)
Scott McKay - Parliamentary Assistant to the
Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and
Martine Ouellet is a mechanical engineer & MBA. She worked
for Hydro-Quebec from 1992 until 2010; and from 2008 - 2010 was
president of "Eau Secours!", a coalition advocating for
the responsible management of water. She was first elected into
government in July 2010 where she served as opposition spokesperson
for environment and sustainable development, parks and water, and
mines and shale gas at various periods of her career.
Daniel Breton, who joined the PQ in March of 2012, co-founded
the Green Party of Quebec in 2001. Since his nomination as
Minister, he had been overtly criticized for his alleged undue
interference with the BAPE Commissioners. His alleged interference
was to be examined by a Parliamentary Committee in early December.
He resigned on November 29th.
Scott McKay has a Master's degree in environmental science
and has spent most of his career to date in the environmental
field. He led the Green Party of Quebec from 2006-08 and was then
elected for the PQ. He has served as the Opposition Spokesperson
for sustainable development and environment, for mines, and for
environment, sustainable development and parks.
Yves-Francois Blanchet's background is in the cultural
industry. He was first elected in 2008 and had since been mostly
involved in cultural, education and citizens relations issues. He
was president of Quebec Earth Day from 2006 until 2008.
The PQ electoral program contains some items that may, if
adopted, directly impact businesses active in the natural resources
and environment segments including:
The PQ intends to introduce a 5% minimum royalty on gross value
of a mining company's production; as well as a 30% tax on
"supra-competitive" profit. It also intends to require
that 2nd and 3rd processing be carried out in Quebec, whenever
possible. Note that a bill to amend the Mining Act has been
introduced on November 27, 2012, by the Liberals (Bill 197). It
will be interesting to follow this bill over the coming
The PQ intends to introduce production targets for renewable
energy including hydraulic, wind, biomass, geothermal, solar,
hydrogen, etc., to implement measures to drastically reduce
Quebec's consumption of petroleum and natural gas; and to
introduce a royalty regime for petroleum extracted in Quebec (more
than 50% of profits before taxes).
They intend to ensure that wind energy projects are controlled
by the Government, co-ops or local communities. Currently only a
minority of projects directly involve communities.
OTHER AREAS OF NOTE IN THE PQ'S
Potential increase of the GHG reduction target to 25% (from
20%) of 1990 GHG emissions levels by 2020
Decommission Gentilly 2 (nuclear facility)
Moratorium on shale gas development and production (pending an
environmental assessment of the shale gas segment)
Review of Plan Nord to ensure more benefits for Quebec
These are just a few of the changes anticipated under Madame
Marois and her cabinet. With such a narrow lead over the Liberal
and CAQ parties and no history of being able to govern with a
minority, there may need to be some compromises made in order to
move actions forward.
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