Monday, September 29, 2008

Election Buzz Building Among Provincial Liberals

Quebec Liberal Premier Jean Charest

From The Montreal Gazette:

After a weekend spent pumping up his party's nationalist credentials, Premier Jean Charest yesterday turned his eyes northward, announcing his government's intention to massively develop Quebec's great untapped north for future generations.

Taking his cue from former premier Robert Bourassa, who made James Bay hydro development his political "vision thing," Charest announced "Plan North," the government's framework for the social, mineral and energy development of one million square kilometres of land - that is twice the size of France - north of the 49th parallel.

Lavishly announced in a spectacular multimedia image mill of maps, movies and photos before 400 excited Liberals at a party general council here, it was impossible to not see a potential re-election platform theme in the plan.

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