Please, madame Marois, stop this comedy of economic development to Val-Jalbert, which will spare the nature, the taxpayer or our living together with First Nations. Nothing in this proposed dam on one of the most beautiful tourist and heritage of Quebec sites is profitable. Instead, not only it will be costly and will weigh heavily on our public finances, but it will destroy unnecessarily, and against all logic, the nature which we would rather be interest to protect this site.
BAPE (Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement) saw no problem with this project is a real scandal. The fact that this same BAPE was and remains largely controlled by former political ties of the liberal party should put the flea in the ear.
Unless you have a ‘political agenda’ that are well-trained to understand, there is no reason to go forward with the dewatering of a river over a kilometre without that takes a penny to the State Treasury. The sale price in all markets for electricity is well below what Hydro-Quebec agreed to pay developers, can be calculated from their figures for the duration of the contract, a deficit more $ 40 million, which will be assumed by all Quebec taxpayers for this one dam. Who, apart from another engineering consulting firm or a few developers, could still enjoy the most of a development as unnecessary and destructive?
Very little impact?
And some people will say that the program of small power had been tailor-made by the Liberals for the friends of the party. Today, even if these are municipalities that drive these projects, they are not less unhealthy. In addition, there is nothing more wrong than the assertion of the promoters who claim that the dam will have very little impact on the environment or tourism.
First, do a formatting context. Did you know, madame Marois, this fall is higher than Niagara falls? Well Yes! As the Montmorency, moreover, that you know surely better.
Obviously, the amount of water in Niagara Falls make them more impressive. The power of water in the chute Ouiatchouan in Val-Jalbert is also impressive. Those who have had the chance to approach will tell you. This makes it the second most visited site of Lac-Saint-Jean.
One might ask how to relate the Niagara Falls if it reduced the flow of two-thirds? They are certainly less interesting. Yet, this is what is about to Val-Jalbert. We want to put the flow of water by twenty-seven cubic metres per second, summer days. Would we accept done the same treatment, for example, to the Montmorency falls near Quebec City all? It would be surely, it also, much less interesting. But worse still, would we accept that the completely closed the evening and night and completely during the winter? And especially, how expliquerions we the people of Quebec that increasingly, there is, in exchange for this rampage, no profit? This is exactly what will happen to Val-Jalbert. We are at the theatre of the absurd with this project, and the saddest thing is to see the Parti Québécois seeking applause for a rough staging of the liberal party. This is not just an artist left that exaggerating here, a citizen like so many others frustrated by political shortcuts that put the interests of some in the interests of the greatest number.
You want to give money to the MRC and band in this region? Either! Give them money if you consider it necessary, but not need to destroy the fall and the river so far. Thus, taxpayers will not pay a penny more than with the dam project, but at least they will have preserved a gem of nature. You need to invest in this beautiful regional through a Crown Corporation as Park
Hydro-Québec? Do it! Not destroy insofar as the essential. It would shoot you in the foot with an old rifle left behind by the former Government.