If they want Alberta to turn its back on oil, Quebecers will have to finance part of its economic transition, argues the leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-Francois Blanchet.

The Bloc’s collaboration is “acquired” to finance the economic transition of Alberta, he said during a press briefing Monday next to the National Assembly.

Therefore, much of the billions of dollars the federal government gives to the oil industry each year should be reinvested elsewhere in the Alberta economy, he said, referring later to the agricultural sector.

In 2020, Ottawa provided $ 8.1 billion in loans to the oil industry on top of the $ 4.75 billion committed to the TransMountain pipeline project.

Alberta’s oil sands account for 12% of Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Neutral on the third link

Surrounded by his ten candidates in the Quebec region, Mr. Blanchet also defended himself from being in favor of the tunnel between Quebec and Lévis, the estimated cost of which is close to $ 10 billion.

“Am I supporting the third link?” […] The Bloc Québécois does not have to have an opinion on the third link ”, he declared before adding that the federal government“ did not have to intervene in the choices of Quebec ”.

Last week the Prime Minister Francois Legault said the Third Link was going to be an “important” issue in the federal campaign and that Ottawa was to fund up to 40% of the Third Link project.

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