The project’s wind Apuiat in the sight of the CAQ

Le projet éolien d’Apuiat dans la mire de la CAQ

Photo: Jacques Boissinot The canadian Press
François Legault is working to convince voters to shelve the project’s wind Apuiat during a short stay on the North Shore Monday.

If he is elected, the leader of the Coalition avenir Québec, François Legault, would stop the wind project to Apuiat, even if it would create 300 to 400 jobs on the North Shore.

“We must sell the electricity before you make more. It is already in surplus, ” he argued in a speech to economic held at a stone’s throw from the tower of the Cité de l’énergie, Shawinigan, Sunday.

The aspiring prime minister is working to convince voters to put the wind farm project during a short stay on the North Shore Monday. “I take the folder from the front. I’m going to go and discuss it with them “, he announced to the press. “The citizens of the North Coast may be deprived of a short-term project. They are going to understand that you can not put 1.5 billion of losses at Hydro-Québec to create jobs. It’s got to be jobs that are useful, ” he continued.

A meeting with leaders of the innu community, who were strongly in favour of wind power project of 200 megawatts, however, is not the program of the chief caquiste. The relatives of Mr. Legault claim to have attempted to organize one, but in vain.

Mr. Legault is urging premier Philippe Couillard not to authorize the project by the day of the elections. “Even the president of Hydro-Québec, Mr. Martel says : if we sign this contract, Hydro-Quebec is going to lose between $ 1.5 billion and $ 2 billion. Hydro-Quebec, it belongs to all Quebecers. It is a lot of money “, he stressed.

The leader of the CAQ has accused the previous governments have in turn ” bought votes in the Gaspé peninsula “, where the wind industry blossoms, by forcing Hydro-Québec to acquire high price of wind energy in spite of the surplus energy. “I am not against wind energy,” said Mr. Legault. “But I am against the fact of buying the energy that it has not sold, then it has no long-term contracts, while one is already in surplus. “

If he finds himself behind the controls of the State, Mr. Legault would allow new hydroelectric dams or even new parks of wind turbines, to provide an energy ” booster “, ” once we have signed long-term contracts to use this energy “. Same thing for new energy efficiency measures.

A 10 days of kick-off (official) election campaign, Mr. Legault is presented as a “prime minister” economic waiting. He delivered a speech of twenty minutes in which he sketched the main lines of his electoral programme in the field of economy. The increase of business opportunities in hydro quebec is part of it.

For the occasion, he was surrounded by more than 90 people who brigueront the votes under the banner of the CAQ to the four corners of Quebec. “I want to tell you one thing : it is prenable everywhere and we are going to try to win everywhere, in all regions of Québec,” he started, adding in the same breath do nothing ” [take] for granted “.

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