Mr Montpetit compares the political morality of government officials after the Constitutional Act of 1792 with present day behaviour which led to the adoption of Bill 106 about hydrocarbons. In the 1830s, the Patriots fought against vested interests and responsible government; was their battle in vain?
Mr Gérard Montpetit, from La Présentation, Quebec warns the petroleum industry that the flawed Bill 106 does not give them a blank check to exploit our resources as if we were a 19th century colony.
Mr Gérard Montpetit deplores the decision to approve two pipelines by the government of Justin Trudeau. This decision would have been OK … if it had been made by his grandfather, the CEO of Champlain Oil, in 1930.
Mr Gérard Montpetit points out that, once more, members of the petroleum industry suggest financial blackmail to overrun legitimate opposition to its pipeline projects.
Mr Gérard Montpetit questions the legitimacy of the NEB hearings since some commissioners of this board had a secret meeting with Mr Charest, who is a consultant for TransCanada pipelines.
Mr Montpetit sympathises with the people of Prince Albert who have to put up with a drinking water advisory, just like the citizens of Longueuil in 2015. He wonders if our addiction to petroleum should not be reviewed in the light of these accidents.