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QUEBEC SEPARATISTS CAUSING UNEASY MARKET
1 January 1996
New uncertainties face wind power in Quebec after the narrow defeat of the separatist referendum on October 30. The close vote has encouraged sovereigntist leaders to plan for another referendum. The challenging Parti Quebecois is on record as favouring renewables and has proposed that wind, solar and hydrogen constitute 15% of Quebec's power supply by the year 2010 (Windpower Monthly, September 1994). However, an independent but beleaguered and politically isolated Quebec might not exercise this option and could seek to meet its debt by exploiting its resources and bargaining away environmental protection to stay economically viable, cautions an environmentalist. Bob Hunter, a co-founder of Greenpeace and prominent ecologist in Toronto, also points out that the environment has often benefited from the infighting in Canada. "Environmentalists for decades have been able to play the greedheads in Ottawa against the greedheads in the various provincial capitals. If nothing else, ecological pillage could sometimes be headed off by bogging mega projects down in endless turf wars between the feds and their provincial counterparts," he points out
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