Start drilling for oil, prominent Quebecers tell province

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A group of 11 prominent Quebecers, including former PQ premier Bernard Landry and former Liberal finance minister Monique-Jerôme-Forget, have come up with a manifesto calling on the province the consider exploiting its oil reserves for profit.

The idea, the group says, is to find solutions to the problem of Quebec's spiralling debt and the rapid aging of Quebec's population, and it says Quebec has significant oil reserves, just waiting to be exploited.

The manifesto begins with a reference to Quebec's Quiet Revolution period, and the extent to which the province has relied on things like its development of hydroelectric power to ensure the economic and social stability of its people.

The manifesto also says, however, that Quebec is far more indebted than the rest of Canada, and that it desperately needs a new source of revenue

Landry says, while everyone dreams of a world without greenhouse gas emissions, that won't happen tomorrow.

'In the meantime, there are resources to exploit," Landry says. "And we could do it in a very civilized manner."

The group says it hopes Quebec can draw inspiration from Norway, which has gone the same route.

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  1. clint posted on 01/08/2014 02:17 PM
    WHAT ?.....then Quebec will have money......and Alberta will want to be paid back.....and the "ROC" will want transfer payments....and then we will have to pay for our own services....too much trouble...lets keep the sweet deal we have now.
  2. Bobbie posted on 01/08/2014 02:37 PM
    Perhaps the goverment should stop wasting money on things like the OLF and seperatism, crack down on corruption and work on investing in technology and other industries to encourage long term growth and stability.

    Terrible spending habits and continued garbage about seperatism is the problem. No people or business want to come to Quebec and invest, so there's no new money. Not to mention the tens of thousands of people leaving the province because we are taxed higher than anyone else to support the government messes and in-fighting.

    THAT is the problem.

    Aside from the fact that we don't need another wasteland like they have in Alberta's oilsands....
  3. joeN posted on 01/08/2014 02:49 PM
    Yes, and when you do find the oil you automatically get your transfer payments to Quebec reduced or stopped. You may even get more cocky and think of becoming your own country and screw the rest of Canada by not paying transfer payments to the have not provinces. What's more surprising is Liberal Forget giving support to this scheme. Only concludes that the CAQ & Liberals are wanna be PQers.
  4. Dave posted on 01/08/2014 02:53 PM
    How many people who signed that document would have a direct or indirect vested interest in oil drilling in Quebec? Me thinks, most if not all.
  5. Paul posted on 01/08/2014 04:18 PM
    Stop duplicating every imaginable service the Feds already provide. We have had 2 referendums so the answer should be clear, we dont want to separate from Canada. There is no good reason to keep paying for redundant services. Example: We are the only province in Canada that has 2 separate bureaucracies that collect income tax. What a colassal waste of money. Even with $8 Billion in equalization payments from the rest of Canada, we are still in a deficit. These separatists have done uncalculable damage to Quebec's economy. I fear we are at a point of no return.
  6. Karla Liebrandt posted on 01/09/2014 11:01 AM
    This and shale gas exploration is just another indication of the mentality of these people. Get rich quick is what this is all about. We'll have so much revenue, we can pay off the debt, lower taxes, become a country, etc. etc. etc. Its like buying a lottery ticket. You have a better chance of being hit by an old Soviet satellite than winning the lottery. If there are oil reserves here, why didn't they do something immediately? Why play politics with this? As the old saying goes: "I'm from Missouri, show me!".
  7. sam posted on 01/09/2014 11:55 AM
    What the frak?
  8. More BS posted on 01/09/2014 05:30 PM
    These are the same morons that invested in the asbestos mines. ( tax payers dollars)
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