An excellent piece in the NP about charest's breathtaking hypocrisy and obfuscation. ( Thanks jen)
Bureaucrats are also busy in the Quebec Ministry of Finance, preparing their 2010-2011 budget, which includes income of $8.5-billion in transfer payments, much of it from Alberta's oil fields. Similarly, the Caisse de depot et de placement du Quebec, which manages Quebec's pension plans, is also trying to recover from last year's historical loss by investing massively in the petroleum industry. Actually, according to its latest annual report, one quarter of the Caisse's most important stocks are in petroleum companies, including Canadian Natural Ressources Ltd, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, ENI (Agip), Shell, PetroChina and Petroleo Brasileiro. It is, in fact, the most important sector of investment of the Caisse's portfolio.
And of course Quebec's green charade.
And let's not forget that for all Chartest's talk, Quebec remains a big polluter. For each million dollars in GDP, Quebec produces 129 kg of toxic products, compared to only 102 kg for Alberta.