INFOGRAPHIC: Plan Nord–and its critics–explained

Will it be Charest’s legacy or a letdown?

by Jaela E. Bernstien

Certain to play a major role in Quebec’s upcoming election, Plan Nord is already being called Jean Charest’s legacy to the province. Only twelve months into its launch, the 25-year plan promises to pump millions of dollars and thousands of jobs into the province’s economy by developing its resource-rich north. The plan also pledges to respect traditional Aboriginal ways of life and environmental sustainability in every phase of its implementation. Critics aren’t persuaded, and some even challenge the very economic viability of the project. Ultimately, voters will decide if Plan Nord is Charest’s legacy or letdown.

For now, we put together these this nifty infographic that sums up much of what you need to know about it:




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INFOGRAPHIC: Plan Nord–and its critics–explained

  1. “,,,,and environmental sustainability in every phase of its implementation. ”

    James Lovelock ~ June 2012 ~ Guardian: It’s a much better route to go that so-called “sustainable development” which is meaningless drivel.

    • Lovelock thinks earth is a living being.

      • Earth is not a living being but support many lifes of animals and humans who depends on the health of earth. It’s really stupid to deny it.

        • Well, actually, you just did

  2. Skyrim for the Nords!

    • I lol’d

  3. Is it that hard to see that Plan Nord is just a resource grab choked with propaganda put in place to turn our eyes away from huge environmental destruction towards the better sounding guise of “sustainable tourism”. I love how they use the words “major economic bodies” instead of what they really are – mining companies. Northern Quebec’s opportunity for sustainable tourism is larger without roads, mines and dams all over it.

    One of the things they don’t say in their propaganda is that under much of Northern Quebec lies highly expensive lithium which is set to boom with the introduction of more and more hybrid cars on the market but as environmental experts warn the harm created in extracting lithium will outweigh the effects of fewer emissions. I would bet that Charest cares a lot more about the benefits of lithium mining than sustainable tourism but I have never heard him mention it. Don’t buy into the propaganda.

    I don’t see how Plan Nord will be a “win” or “sustainable” for the greatly depleted George River Caribou Heard. Northern Quebec is one of the World’s last true wilderness areas and it will be cherished on a global scale in the near future because of this. This plan does not look far enough into the future. What was the famed quote from a legendary Onondaga Chief? “Make every decision that we make relate to the welfare and well-being of the seventh generation.” This is a far cry from that although the Quebec government would like to lead you to believe otherwise.

    I hear the government crying out that this will help the native communities, many which have poverty and substance abuse problems. I have traveled all over the North and have met many very dignified and outstanding native people in several very remote communities, people I am happy to call my friends. I live in the big city where there is more infrastructure, social programs, and job opportunities than anywhere else in the country and the native people here aren’t doing any better than the ones in the communities. In fact I know many more upstanding native people in small communities than I do in the big city. The issues facing them are deeper than what can be fixed by a road and a job at a mine. To be honest I find it ignorant and disgusting that the Quebec government sees (or pretends to see it) as black and white as this when they speak about the benefits of Plan Nord.

    Waterways all over the country are contaminated, even in the Arctic. Water is like your veins you put something in one of them and it travels all over your body. Setting aside part of the Plan Nord area for conservation sounds great but there is no plan in place to prevent water and air pollution from traveling into the “conservation area” from the mining development areas. Nature is a scale, pollute the water you pollute the fish and thee things that eat the fish and the things that eat the things that eat the fish and ultimately us. Environment Canada says that billions of dollars in healthcare are spent every year to treat chronic illnesses related to air pollution – billions of dollars.

    The propaganda Charest and the Quebec government is using to go forward with Plan Nord is disgusting and should be illegal. The truth should be told to us in a “straight-up” fashion, no pulling the wool over our eyes, no propaganda. After all the misleading statements and literature have been de coded and the real facts are on the table let the citizens of Quebec vote on Plan Nord.

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