Remous at Hydro-Quebec: “Quebecers have the right to know what is going on”

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Remous at Hydro-Québec: “Quebecers have the right to know what is going on”

The leaders of the opposition parties intend to challenge Prime Minister François Legault, next week, on the surprise resignation of Sophie Brochu at the head of; Hydro-Québec.

The future of hydroelectricity in Quebec should be the subject of public debate, defends the opposition.

The hasty departure of Sophie Brochu two years before the end of her mandate at the head of Hydro-Québec continues to spur François Legault. The opposition urges the Prime Minister to hold an emergency parliamentary committee to hear Ms. Brochu on the reasons for her surprise resignation.

Three months ago, after the October 2022 elections, the CEO of Hydro-Québec sent an internal letter to all of her employees, assuring them of her continued employment despite questions about governance.

There was nothing to predict her departure since she evoked the outstretched hand of the Prime Minister who encouraged her to continue in office, she wrote.

Everyone wonders if there has been political interference, shares the co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, in an interview with Radio-Canada. We must restore confidence in the independence of the state corporation, so hear Ms. Brochu in a parliamentary committee.

These committees provide a forum for examining bills, but also to study other topical issues. MPs can play a role in controlling government activity. Despite demands from the opposition, Hydro-Québec's Strategic Plan was not reviewed by the National Assembly.

Québec solidaire says it fears that “the personal aims of Superminister Pierre Fitzgibbon have taken precedence over the energy transition objectives .

The CAQ had itself committed to holding such a hearing by proposing and adopting a motion on March 24, 2022, but despite three requests from Québec solidaire, it never took place, denounces Québec solidaire in a press release. /p>

Mr. Nadeau-Dubois criticizes the lack of transparency of the current government: François Legault cannot, behind closed doors with his friend Pierre Fitzgibbon [Minister of Economy, Innovation and Development; Energy], decide alone the fate of this fundamental institution.

“I will take advantage of my meeting on Monday with the Prime Minister to remind him that Hydro-Québec should not become Hydro-Legault. »

— Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire

In other words, the co-spokesperson for QS urges a political takeover by Hydro-Quebec management to position a new CEO who would better follow the CAQ directives: attracting multinational companies by luring them with energy tariffs at low price to the detriment of a viable environmental plan for the province, summarizes the political opponent.

No one is against development, we still have to agree on our vision development; Pierre Fitzgibbon cannot decide alone, believes Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

Marc Tanguay, interim leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec

The interim leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec, Marc Tanguay, also demands a national debate on the future of x27;Hydro-Quebec. What are the sectors in which we want to invest public funds? he asks, a few days before a meeting with François Legault, scheduled for Thursday.

We need, in Quebec, to have a national discussion on our needs in terms of energy and what we are going to do with the investments, he said in an interview.

It should not be done behind closed doors in 2023, urges Mr. Tanguay.

The demands of the oppositions converge at the ;attention of the Legault government: A lot of transparency will be required from the next person at the head of Hydro, and we hope that the government will give him free rein, he concludes.

With information from Pascal Poinlane

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