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.