MONTREAL — Sophie Brochu’s recent resignation as president of Hydro-Québec has been described as a loss for all Quebecers and a win for the coterie of powerful men who govern the province. Brochu herself was courageous to leave or woefully negligent of her own legacy, depending on whom you were reading, while her premature exodus was a sign of Hydro-Québec’s corporate myopia, if not a full-blown existential crisis. That Brochu so quickly became a collective Rorschach test for Quebec’s chattering class simply by quitting speaks to this province’s abiding obsession with its public utility—and the person charged with directing the more than 37 gigawatts coursing through its network.
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