Harper Approves Rupert River Diversion in Northern Quebec
by admin ~ December 19th, 2006
Harper feels time is right for hydro development diverting Rupert River in northern Quebec. The federal government approves development deal that will bring 843 megawatts a day to Quebec’s power grid (or 2.8% of Quebec’s current energy requirements). “This project is too important for first nations [sic], the province of Quebec and for Canada,” said Harper, despite vocal opposition from Cree communities directly impacted by development, and proposals from the Grand Council of the Cree for wind power as an alternative, easily meeting the proposed 2.8%. A recent Globe and Mail article skews the statistics on Cree support for the project, and overlooks the overwhelming 73-91% of Cree who voted down the proposal in three recent referenda.