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Québec
In office
Premier
Coalition avenir Québec
1,952 days in office
42nd Legislature of Quebec
03 Dec 2018 - 28 Aug 2022
43rd Legislature of Quebec
20 Oct 2022 - Present

The 2022 Quebec general election held on October 3, 2022 resulted in a second decisive victory for the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), led by François Legault. The CAQ won 90 of the 125 seats in the National Assembly, 16 more than in 2018, with 40.98% of the popular vote.

For more details on the Legault government’s first mandate, we invite you to consult the Legault Polimeter I and the following book: Bilan du gouvernement de la CAQ : Entre nationalisme et pandémie (2022).

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Promise History

2.10.01 - “A re-elected CAQ government will] begin negotiations and partnerships with Indigenous nations to build new dams”

In progress
18-Sep-2023

« Alors qu’Hydro-Québec confirme le potentiel hydroélectrique de la rivière du Petit Mécatina et commence le processus de discussions avec les communautés concernées, les Innus d’Unamen Shipu et la Fondation Rivières s’opposent à un projet de barrage dans ce secteur. […] Le dialogue avec les communautés autochtones est engagé, informe la société.  »

In progress
04-Apr-2023

« En 2009, le potentiel hydroélectrique de la rivière avait été évalué à 1200 mégawatts, avec la construction de deux centrales de moyenne taille. […] À l’époque, les Innus avaient notamment dénoncé le manque d’informations entourant le projet qui prévoyait à l’époque d’inonder un territoire de 228 km2. L’un des risques évoqués est celui de faire augmenter le taux de mercure des poissons qui y sont pêchés par les communautés autochtones. […] De premiers échanges ont eu lieu avec les communautés locales, et la société d’État compte poursuivre le dialogue, affirme le porte-parole.  »

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04-Apr-2023
Justification

Hydro-Québec is evaluating the possibility of a new dam on the Petit Mecatina River, but no negotiations have been undertaken with the local Innu communities.

“Hydro-Québec is resurrecting the Petit Mecatina River hydroelectric power plant project, located on the North Shore. The Crown corporation is studying its potential and will soon meet with local communities to assess its social acceptability. […] The Innu communities also seem open to participating in the construction of such a project, as partners, according to Quebec”

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21-Mar-2023
Justification

There is funding to ensure the safety of existing dams, but no announced funding for new dams.

“In Budget 2023-2024, the government is providing $1 billion: // $520 million for protecting water resources and ensuring the safety of dams “

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07-Feb-2023
Justification

The government has plans to build new dams, notably on the Magpie River, but no negotiations have been announced with the First Nations.

“During the last provincial campaign, candidate François Legault had mentioned the Magpie to build new dams in order to increase Quebec’s hydroelectric production. // An ambition he confirmed as premier afterwards. // But between him and the river stand communities that have several arguments in their bag.” (Traduction”

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28-Jan-2023

“But most experts consider it a better economic option than building dams on Quebec’s Petit Mecatina and Magpie rivers, which together would provide some 2000 MW. These projects would face fierce opposition from the Innu of the Côte-Nord region, not to mention environmentalists in Montreal. // Development of Gull Island would also require an agreement with the aboriginal peoples of Labrador”

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Published: Jan 2023
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