Thursday, March 27, 2014


Environmental issues largely ignored in election campaign In La Belle Provence, that is.

"In the weeks after the Parti Québecois took power, it made several decisions that had environmental groups cheering.

Three former environmental activists were appointed as provincial ministers, the government shut down the Gentilly-2 nuclear power plant, extended a moratorium on shale-gas operations, cancelled a loan to the province’s last asbestos mine, and put uranium development on hold until environmental assessments could be done.

Fast forward 18 months, and the picture is very different.

Just before the election campaign began, four of the environmental groups that are members of a government climate-change committee said the government hadn’t been acting quickly enough on climate change and the only plan the province has for tackling the issue was adopted by the previous Liberal government — parts of which have yet to be enacted."

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