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A Greener Quebec?

Posted by Hannah / November 24, 2005

bicycles.jpg After months of whining like a two-year-old child, Quebec's environment minister finally got his way. Quebec will receive $325 million from the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On the surface this is a good thing. Thomas Mulcair has been complaining to Ottawa that it is short-changing Quebec because the province relies on water instead of fossil fuels to make electricity.

It's true that Quebec's GHG emissions are among the lowest in the country on a per capita basis, but since 1990 it's emissions have increased by nearly 10 percent. Most of that took place between 2002 and 2003, which is when our climate change plan died and was never revived.

Last month, the David Suzuki Foundation sent home a climate report card to each province. Quebec scored a 'fair', which it shared with PEI and Ontario. Manitoba earned top marks.

hwy 25.jpg Although we have an abundance of hydroelectricity and plans to plant more windfarms, there are no plans to address emissions from transportation, urban sprawl goes unchecked and builders have no reason to construct more energy efficient structures. Shame.

Our 'green' measures include the plan to construct a four-lane, 7.2 km highway extension between Montreal North and Laval, and Autoroute 30 on the South Shore. Mulcair continues to claim these projects will have a positive effect on the environment. His main arguement? That trucks and other through traffic will be able to bypass the island or to take more direct routes.

Needless to say that a lot of Montrealers and environmental groups would prefer to see the environmental minister speaking about better public transportation, taxes on Suburbans, Yukons and other gas guzzlers, and rebates on environmentally friendly options.

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J Mac / November 24, 2005 at 03:56 pm
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I've pretty much resigned myself to the the fact that nothing's really going to be done about the environment until people are breathing out of gas masks. However, I'm seriously considering buying one of <a href = "http://www.naturemill.com";>these</a>. Seriously. How awesome is that.
Cat / November 24, 2005 at 05:01 pm
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Ohmigod, I, too, have been seduced by those, and even contemplated asking Santa for one. Seriously. How nerdy is that. I think you may be a little optimistic about the gas mask bit, though. I think we're already in the cosmic toilet.
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