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Legault says he’s ready to get serious about the environment, but critics doubt his ‘courage’

By Jonathan Montpetit
CBC News
February 4, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

After having shrugged off environmental concerns in its first 18 months in office, the Coalition Avenir QuĂ©bec government is promising that will all change when the National Assembly resumes today. Premier François Legault emerged from a caucus retreat last week in Saint-Sauveur declaring that “the year 2020 will be the year of the environment.” …But Legault and his party still have a long way to go to earn the respect of environmental experts and activists. …Last year, Forestry Minister Pierre Dufour claimed that cutting down trees would reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), a claim contested by scientists. His ministry later opened 46,000 hectares of protected old-growth forest in the Saguenay region to logging activities. …The next big test of the government’s credibility on climate change will be Bill 44, a proposal to give the environment minister more power and reform public funding of green projects.

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