Quebec signals shift in support for oil and gas development

The Parti Quebecois government is embracing an oil economy, hoping to usher in an era of petro-riches for the province by drilling in the environmentally sensitive Gulf of St. Lawrence region. With an election call expected in coming weeks, Premier Pauline Marois announced Thursday [Feb 13] the government would launch joint ventures and provide up to $115-million to help finance $190-million in exploratory work on Anticosti Island, which is believed to sit on top of promising quantities of oil and gas.

See also: ‘Quebec’s Marois rolls the dice on risky oil play’, column by Sophie Cousineau, The Globe and Mail, Feb. 15 2014

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