January 19, 2022

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Meeting between Legault and environmental groups | “This is not the super champion of the environment before us”

Meeting between Legault and environmental groups |  "This is not the super champion of the environment before us"

(Quebec) Environmental groups have made no profit or big advance since their first official meeting with Prime Minister Franకోois Legalt on Wednesday afternoon at his office in Quebec.


Patrice Bergeron
Canadian Press

“Although he recognizes the importance of the climate crisis we are facing, he is not a super champion in the environment before us,” said Patrick Bonin of Greenpeace, who was also present at the end of the conference. Other representatives of environmental organizations.

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Head of Climate-Energy Campaign in Greenpeace Canada Patrick Bonin

They were hoping for tighter commitments and clear additional measures to reduce pollution and switch to carbon neutrality.

Environmental groups have called for the meeting since the start of the Coquist command in 2018, but it did not materialize until Wednesday.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Mr Bonin said: “It simply came to our notice then.

While acknowledging that the government has “run”, a Greenpeace spokesman questioned whether the Coquista government still prioritizes the economy over the environment.

In the interview, they discussed the importance of regional planning, financing and public transport, biodiversity conservation, adding new measures to mitigate climate crisis and pollution.Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

And “there is an elephant in the room,” said Mr. Bonin: the expensive Quebec-Lewis tunnel project, which is being killed by environmental groups.

In short, to conclude with a positive note, Mr. Bonin said the Prime Minister was “listening” and “open”. There is a “clear desire for cooperation”, he summed up, even if it was not “love at first sight”.

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With less than a year to go before the election, environmentalists hope that the so-called “pre-election interest” will translate into a firm electoral commitment to resolving the climate crisis, he concluded.

In addition to Mr. Bonin, the Society for Nature and Parks (SNAP Quebec), Alice-Anne Simard, Nature-Quebec, Christian Sward, Vivre nville, Colleen Thorpe, Equiterre, Genevieve’s Alain Branchoud attended the conference. Paul, from the Center Quebecois du Droit de l Environment, Karel Maynard, from the Common Quebec Front for Waste Environmental Management, Leila Copti, from COPTICOM, the Mark Bureau, the National Group of Regional Environmental Councils, and Saba Khan, David Suzuki.