Analysis

Quebec’s ‘Plan vert’ is both an ambitious environmental agenda and an exercise in economic nationalism

Quebec Premier Francois Legault slips on his mask after announcing his government’s green plan flanked by Environment Minister Benoit Charette during a news conference in Montreal on Monday, November 16, 2020. The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson
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MONTREAL — Quebec Premier François Legault says the province’s new environmental plan will be “a winner for Quebec and a winner for the planet.” 

The Plan vert is almost certainly a winner for Quebec—or, at least, for those Quebec companies who are set to reap the plan’s green-tinged windfall. That’s because, in calling for a petrol-free future, Legault’s CAQ government also says that the pieces of this massive restructuring should be as made-in-Quebec as possible. The government “will support Quebec industries linked to the electrification of the economy and the fight against climate change,” reads the Plan.

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