Quebecers held a general election on April 7, 2014 and elected a
majority government led by the Quebec Liberal Party. During its
campaign, the Quebec Liberal Party (Liberal Party) made certain
electoral commitments with respect to environmental and energy
issues. Below is an overview of what we can expect in terms of
policy developments on these issues based on commitments made
during the election campaign.
REESTABLISH QUEBEC AS A LEADER IN GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION
The Liberal Party intends to convene the climate change advisory
committee in the first 100 days of its mandate. It plans to
maintain the existing carbon market in order to achieve a 20 per
cent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020.
Moreover, with respect to protected lands, 10 per cent of the
marine territory would be earmarked as protected marine areas by
INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE
The Liberal Party intends to finance the maintenance and
upgrading of existing infrastructure and further develop public
transit infrastructure. Details on how this goal will be achieved
have not yet been provided.
RELAUNCHING NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT WITH PLAN NORD +
The Liberal Party will establish the Société
du Plan Nord, which had been proposed by the Liberals in 2011
but was never constituted, in order to coordinate the development
of the territory and enable the development of a world-class
network of suppliers and equipment manufacturers in the mining,
forestry and hydroelectricity sectors.
The Liberal Party plans to invest C$3 billion in infrastructure
in order to develop the north and establish an economic mining
mission at the international level to reassure and attract
investors to the province.
In order to contribute to the ecological planning for northern
development and improve knowledge of the economic, social and
environmental aspects of the north, the Liberal Party plans to
create a network to support research and knowledge development. At
this stage, information on the implementation of such a network has
not yet been provided.
The Liberal Party also intends to facilitate a co-investment
agreement between private companies to establish a rail link
connecting the iron ore deposits of the "Labrador Trough"
and the Port of Sept-Îles.
NATURAL GAS SUPPLY ON THE NORTH SHORE
The Liberal Party undertook to supply the Côte Nord with
natural gas, either through the extension of an underground network
or by the transport of liquefied gas.
SHARING MINING, OIL AND GAS ROYALTIES WITH LOCAL AND REGIONAL
Mining, oil and gas royalties would be shared with local
communities, all the while taking into account the objectives of
the municipalities. The details of how the implementation of this
proposed sharing mechanism remains unclear. The Liberal Party would
also favour economic diversity by local entrepreneurship to prepare
for the "post-boom" period associated with resource
RENEWING THE FOREST INDUSTRY
The Liberal Party proposes to improve the productivity and
competitiveness of Quebec forestry. It plans on achieving this by
investing C$225 million per year for five years in silvicultural
projects; financially supporting the development and maintenance of
multi-user forest roads; evaluating the relevance of revisiting
electricity tariffs with companies; reviewing the rules of the
Bureau de mise en marché des bois; strengthening the links
between the education sector and industry; and assisting industry
and forest cooperatives in the replacement of forestry
The Liberal Party also wants to encourage innovation by
promoting forest biomass and pursuing the establishment of the
Charte du bois, which aims at increasing the use of wood
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