(Saguenay) If President-designate Joe Biden confirms his intention to revoke the Keystone XL pipeline construction permit, Bloc Québécois (BQ) will congratulate him in a letter to be sent to him as soon as possible.
Bloc Québécois hopes that the president’s decision to enter the White House on Wednesday will force the Canadian government to stop supporting the pipeline project. It deplores the will of the liberal government and the conservative opposition in wanting to continue moving forward with the project.
The bloc’s environmental spokeswoman, Monique Pauset, said on Tuesday that the exploitation of oil from the tar sands represents a true environmental disaster. In his opinion, the completion of the Keystone XL project by Canadian developer TC Énergie will only exacerbate the situation.
The Quebecoy Bloc noticed several years ago that the pipeline project has steadfast support from both liberals and conservatives, even if it sparked protests from environmental groups, citizen groups, and many indigenous communities.
According to Bloc Québécois, the new US government’s decision should be a wake-up call to begin a fundamental shift to the Canadian model based on hydrocarbon exploitation.
Christina Michaud, the bloc’s climate change critic, adds that Quebec has all the tools to be the champion of the green economy and serve as a model for the rest of the world, but at this time, Canada’s obsession with oil limits Quebec’s ambitions.