Energy: there will be a parliamentary commission in Quebec, says the PQ

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Éenergy : there will be a parliamentary commission in Quebec, says the PQ

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon called for the government to appoint a person “with the support of the opposition” to replace Sophie Brochu at the head of Hydro -Quebec.

The Legault government will organize a parliamentary commission on Quebec's energy issues; this is what the leader of the Parti Québécois (PQ), Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, said at a press conference on Wednesday.

The latter says he obtained this information during his pre-sessional meeting the day before with the Prime Minister. The next step is to define the parameters of this commission, said the PQ leader.

The Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) and the opposition parties have been largely at loggerheads for some time about the future energy directions of the state, especially in the wake of the resignation of Sophie Brochu, the former CEO of Hydro-Québec.

During the most recent election campaign, the CAQ had already announced its intention to build new dams, in the north of the territory, in order to meet the demand which will increase sharply, in particular due, it is said, to the electrification of transport.

Everyone the question arises: why the blockades, all of a sudden? wondered the leader of the Parti Québécois.

It may be a good idea; it can be a problematic idea. Normally this is the result of planning and thinking about energy needs and the impact of climate change.

Ms. Brochu had rather pleaded for energy sobriety in order to save energy and thus avoid the massive investments and long construction times associated with new dams. Not to mention the environmental impacts caused by these giant construction sites and the filling of the reservoirs.

About the choice of a replacement for Ms. Brochu, Mr. Saint-Pierre Plamondon says he fears that the appointment is not solely based on merit and skills, but also stems from a partisan tendency, to obtain as much cooperation as possible from the company. State.

In his view, if the choice of the person to become CEO of Hydro-Québec obtained the approval of one or two leaders of the opposition, and if we see that this candidacy is based on merit and skills, so that would give it more legitimacy.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon didn't miss it either; opportunity to lash out at Premier Legault over the row between Quebec and Ottawa over the use of the notwithstanding clause.

According to the PQ leader, the head of the CAQ is indulging in verbal nationalism in this affair, but also in other files that are burning the rag between the two capitals.

It's one thing to start tweets saying “this morning I'm angry”, but it begs the question: then what? he blurted out.

And it's a trend we see in culture, in immigration, in Roxham, in health care funding, in the application of Law 101 within federally chartered companies… The CAQ knows that it pays to make nationalist statements, but knowing full well that your balance of power is zero and that it will not move forward.

Furthermore, the PQ announced on Wednesday, 48 hours after appointing defeated MP Méganne Perry-Mélançon as national extra-parliamentary spokesperson, that 11 candidates not elected in the October 3 ballot will also act as spokespersons.

These personalities, who will be invited on an ad hoc basis by one or other of the three PQ MNAs, will speak on a variety of subjects as mandated experts by the party.

The latter will also consult them with a view to taking the pulse of the population on various issues x and to ensure that elected officials understand them.

With information from La Presse canadienne

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