Pauline Marois declares Quebec independence…*


Pauline Marois (not exactly as shown) addresses the voting public.

*… from gasoline. A péquiste government, Marois declares, will ‘liberate’ (har, har) Quebec from its dependence on oil in ten years.

I’d love to say that this is a JFK-man-on-the-moon type declaration, in which a politician boldly enunciates an impossible dream, thereby igniting a nation’s imagination so that this dream may become reality. If this is the case, she chose an interesting venue indeed: Camp Edphy, a summer camp in the Laurentians where, coincidentally enough, I was once physically assaulted by a horse.

Big ideas need to be fleshed out: How will the PQ get Quebecers’ rear ends into hybrid cars? What sort of tax incentives will be offered for homeowners to switch from oil to electric heating? What in God’s name will be done with Bombardier Recreational Products, the Quebec-based manufacturer of four wheelers, Sea Doos and the like – machines for which Quebecers themselves have a voracious appetite? Don’t look to the PQ’s website for answers. The biggest news on the site right now is Marois’ outrage at how Quebec’s athletes can’t display Quebec’s flag at the Beijing Olympics.

Think big, act petty, I guess.

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Pauline Marois declares Quebec independence…*

  1. Al Gore, last week I think, was talking about implementing 100 per cent renewable, carbon-free energy sources within 10 years. It is obviously blue sky thinking at its worst because it’s not going to happen.

    I read the article at google translate, so I might not have Marios exact meaning, but she also hedges her bets. Says oil/gas won’t be entirely gone in that time and it sounds like she is relying on car makers to develop a decent electric or fuel cell vehicle. So it comes down to government doing nothing and others developing the technology, or not.

  2. Electric heating? What a waste of such a clean energy source. It would be much more effective to encourage a switch to natural gas heating, which has been resisted for some time now.

    From a GHG point of view, the most effective thing to do would be to sell the electricity to Ontario and the maritime provinces to let them shut down their coal and oil fired generating stations.

    Quebec is fortunate in having abundant hydro electricity, sort of like Iceland with abundant geothermal. They can do this, if they really want to, but declaring that something will be done when the economy is already undergoing a structural shift in that direction isn’t really leadership now is it?

  3. Wasn’t she talking about drilling for oil in the St Laurent just a few weeks ago?

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